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Shellfishing Newsletter

Long Island Shellfish Restoration Project
Planting clams in Bellport Bay

On June 6, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced [ https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-bellport-bay-sanctuary-reaches-mid-point-milestone-shellfish ] a significant milestone in the planned stocking of millions of shellfish that are helping to restore our local marine environments, improve water quality, support the commercial and recreational fishing industry, and build stronger coastlines.

Under the Governors leadership, the Long Island Shellfish Restoration Project (LISRP) proposes to establishfive shellfish sanctuary sites [ https://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/fish_marine_pdf/lisrp2019.pdf ] that are to be stocked with juvenile and adult shellfish. Sanctuary sites are located in Bellport Bay, Huntington Harbor, Shinnecock Bay, South Oyster Bay, and Hempstead Bay.

DEC is working in collaboration with Cornell Cooperative Extension, Stony Brook University, municipalities, local businesses, and volunteer organizations to produce, plant, and monitor shellfish and water quality enhancement throughout the project.

For more information on project efforts, visit Restore New York Shellfish [ http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/110939.html ].

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