Program Overview

The Shinnecock Bay Restoration Program (ShiRP) was created in 2012 to combat the deterioration of Shinnecock Bay. Our goal is to use science, outreach, and partnerships to restore the water quality and fisheries of Shinnecock Bay.

Stony Brook University's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) along with its Institute for Ocean Conservation Science (IOCS) founded the program to return the bay to its former health.

Scientists and students are continually monitoring water quality and performing baseline studies to understand the dynamics of the bay environment. This research directly informs our restoration efforts, which includes replenishing eelgrass beds and shellfish populations. These actions promote natural filtration and enrich the habitat needed to support the diversity of plants and animals living in the bay. Our team hopes to return Shinnecock Bay to a thriving estuarine environment.

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SoMAS at Stony Brook University

Institute for Ocean Conservation Science

News & Events

Eelgrass restorationJune 22, 2019Annual Eelgrass Restoration Event

Sugar kelpApr 30, 2019Stony Brook researchers hope sugar kelp turns into next specialty crop

State of the Bays 2019Apr 5, 2019"State of the Bays Symposium and Seminar"

blue crabDec 16, 2018Study: Blue crab larvae harmed by low oxygen, high acidity

Elaine PikitchDec 10, 2018Endowed Professorship Boosts SBU's Conservation Leadership

blue Island oyster festival 2018Sept 21, 2018Third Annual Blue Island Oyster Festival

blue Island oyster festival 2018Sept 15, 2018Blue Island Oyster Festival. Saturday, Sept 15, 12-4pm [More]

Riverhead LocalJune 1, 2018Riverhead brewery pledges 1 percent of sales to support the environment [More]

oyster reef photo: Christopher PaparoNovember 30, 2017Big news to help turn tides blue
The Shinnecock Bay Restoration Program finished deploying the first part of four permitted constructed oyster reefs on Long Island. [More]

eelgrassNovember 3, 2017ShiRP's Dr. Brad Peterson discusses eelgrass in the East End Beacon [More]

Long Island PressSeptember 2017NY Spends $10M on Shellfish to Improve Long Island Water Quality [More]

sharkAugust 2017Ellen Pikitch is co-author on a recent paper published in Marine Ecology Progress Series [More]

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BRUV Highlights 2017

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Shinnecock Bay's Current Conditions

See Conditions HERE.