LISEC is proud to be affiliated with the Coastal Steward program. Kathy O’Sullivan, LISEC Director Emeritus, is our representative to the local Coastal Steward programs.
It has been an extremely busy summer for the Coastal Steward, who had sponsored six beach cleanups in 2010 that removed ;19.6 tons of debris from six miles of Long Island beaches with the help of 338 volunteers. Beaches have been cleaned in Port Jefferson, Mt Sinai, West Meadow, Flax Pond, Jones Beach Dune Road and East Quogue.
Please check the website: www.coastalsteward.org and find out how you can volunteer. Community groups, schools and scouts learn a great deal and enjoy working with the Costal Steward and LISEC.
The Shellfish Restoration Program is in high gear. This year alone, approximately 15,200 adult oysters have been released into Port Jefferson Harbor, with another 30,000 to 40,000 more soon to be released. A major seafood wholesaler states that for the first time in a decade, over 800,000 oysters were legally harvested from Port Jefferson Harbor from the end of November to the end of April. Our hard work is paying off both environmentally and in restoring a historic industry.
The Town of Brookhaven has raised our next batch of 70,000 oyster seed for us in their growing-out facility at Cedar Beach and we have purchased an additional 110,000 All are currently being raised in Mt. Sinai Harbor.
The volunteer turn out for this program has been great, averaging about a dozen volunteers each time we work. We meet at the Cedar Beach Brookhaven Town Facility every second Saturday at low tide. Volunteers are always welcome. It's a great learning experience.
Beach trash for the taking
...make a difference...volunteers welcome...
For the June 11, 2010 Times Beacon Record update of the Shellfish Restoration Project visit: