Eelgrass at Cedar Point Park, East Hampton.

East Hampton eelgrass meadow.


Salt marsh made up of smooth cordgrass, Spartina alterniflora.

Habitat Restoration

Long Island's coastal ecosystems, including seagrass meadows and salt marshes, are vitally important to the people who live and visit here as well as the diverse array of species that depend on these habitats to thrive. Whether you enjoy dining on local seafood, fishing, swimming, boating or just visiting the shore, these ecosystems provide resources and services that keep our waters clean and healthy for people and animals alike. Cornell Cooperative Extension has been working to restore these habitats for over 20 years to ensure that coastal habitat continues to support our fragile and invaluable marine life.


Christopher H. Pickerell
Marine Program Director

Last updated October 8, 2015