spat bags

Spat Bags


September Stewardship Session: Scallop Spat Bag Assembly (Southold)

  • Tuesday, September 27, 2022, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

*please note the 9/7/2022 session is cancelled.

Help us restore our local bay scallop populations at this special Back to the Bays Stewardship Session!

The bay scallop ( Argopecten irradians irradians) is a marine bivalve found along the northeastern coast of the United States. Brown tide algal blooms in the 80's and 90's nearly drove the Peconic bay scallop populations to local extinction. In 2005, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) initiated an intensive bay scallop restoration project whose overall goal is to help restore and sustain Peconic bay scallop populations in order to benefit baymen, fish markets, and other local marine industries, and improve water quality.

Part of the restoration process involves deployment of specially designed spat collector bags that help us monitor for natural recruitment of bay scallops in our bays. These devices collect spat, or baby scallops, from the water column after the scallops spawn. Our field team then collects these bags, conducts counts to assess the population status, and releases the juvenile bay scallops back in the water to continue on in their life cycle. We are looking for volunteers to help construct these bags in advance of their deployment.

*Please register for the total number of people in your party
**Ages 16+


*No fee but registration is required



Harrison Tobi
Aquaculture Specialist


Suffolk County Marine Environmental Learning Center
3690 Cedar Beach Road
Southold, New York 11971

Last updated September 8, 2022