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Monkfish • See our Fisheries Webpages

Image by Mike Patricio

Peconic Bay Scallop

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See our new Digital Education page!

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Horseshoe Crab Monitoring Network

Image by Kimberly Manzo

Oysters are one of the species of shellfish raised by CCE's Aquaculture Program.

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Image by Kimberly Manzo

Eelgrass Restoration

Lady crab in a Peconic Estuary eelgrass meadow.
Image by Kimberly Manzo

A lady crab protects her clutch in a Peconic Estuary eelgrass meadow.

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Youth Education - Seining at Cedar Beach, Southold

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Stormwater/Water Quality

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Winter flounder in a Long Island Sound eelgrass meadow.

A winter flounder swims through a Long Island Sound eelgrass meadow.

Atlantic silversides.
Image by Christopher Pickerell

Atlantic silversides are important prey items for larger predatory fish and shorebirds.

CCE Marine


Our waters are an integral part of life for us, making Long Island a desirable place to live. The Marine Program, which became part of CCE Suffolk in 1985, is known and respected nationally and internationally. Its mission is to protect our waters, providing a clean environment for our fish, fowl, and plants.

Our researchers and educator inform Long Islanders how we can each do our part to safeguard our environment. Projects have been designed to bring back our once thriving eelgrass and shellfish populations, ensure our commercial fishing industry continues to thrive while limiting bycatch, provide public education about the environmental consequences of stormwater runoff, and introduce our young people to marine sciences and marine life on Long Island.

For the full list of Marine Events click here. 

undefined November 19th - On the Water + In the Field is a news magazine show produced by CCE Marine Program that seeks to educate the public on current projects, issues, and research pertaining to our marine environment. The episode to be screened at this event features stories covering topics including shellfish restoration in Southampton Town waters, Sagg Pond groundwater remediation efforts in partnership with Peconic Land Trust, the status of the kelp aquaculture industry on Long Island, Back to the Bay Initiative updates, and more! Guests will be invited to mingle with CCE staff and collaborators featured in the show prior to the screening, while enjoying complimentary small bites and wine.  More info here.
December 3rd + 4th - Shellabration is an annual culinary celebration that showcases local shellfish and benefits Cornell Cooperative Extension Marine Program’s SPAT Program and Back to the Bays Initiative. It is traditionally held the first weekend of December in Greenport Village and has been enjoyed by thousands of "Shellabrants" through the years. More info  here. undefined
undefined December 5th - In this online cooking class, you will learn to cook delicious local seafood dishes alongside some of the finest chefs from Long Island to Rhode Island. In this unique class, fisheries experts will teach you everything you want to know about the fish, the fishermen and the many benefits of choosing local seafood while expert chefs teach you how to turn fresh fish straight from the sea into fabulous meals you can share with your friends and family! Register here.
Fisheries Quarterly Newsletter

Our Fisheries team has published their 1st newsletter for Summer 2022. It gives an overview of all the impactful projects they're involved in and events coming up in September and October.  More from our Fisheries Team.

Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour at our state of the art shellfish hatchery at SCMELC (Suffolk County Marine Environmental Learning Center) in Southold. Tour will be led by aquaculture and algae specialist and hatchery manager, Joshua Perry. Guests will get a close-up look at how we raise clams, scallops, and oysters from algae production, to shellfish spawning, to deployment in natural waters.

undefined 2022 Back to the Bays Lecture Series kicked off on April 19 at the Greenport Harbor Brewery's Peconic Location! You can enjoy this series on the 1st Tuesday of each month for the rest of 2022!  More information here.


Our 2022 membership drive is underway! By becoming a member of the Back to the Bays Initiative, you will be directly supporting the efforts of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County’s Marine Program.  More information here

We have officially launched the On the Water + In the Field Blog! This is where we'll be showcasing the many projects and initiatives of the CCE Marine Team, and providing the most recent updates on our applied research, restoration, and education activities. More information here



ArtSea Nights + Brush Strokes for the Bays Painting Sessions

These crowd-pleasing "create and sip" events allow guests to learn about our local marine environment while creating a bay- themed work of art!  More information here

Want to volunteer for CCE Marine?
Contact  Hazel Wodehouse for more information. 


Darci Bielenda
Marine Program Sr. Administrative Assistant SCMELC
631-852-8660 ext. 21

Last updated November 21, 2022