Program Overview

The Shinnecock Bay Restoration Program was created in 2012 in response to deteriorating conditions Shinnecock Bay. Professors at Stony Brook University's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) founded the program to restore the bay to its former health. Our goal is to increase filtration capacity in the bay, which helps reduce the impact of excess nitrogen and keep harmful algae in check.

Our scientists have long documented declining water quality and occurrences of "harmful algal blooms" such as brown, red, and rust tides in Shinnecock Bay. At the same time, there are less and less shellfish to filter the water. Poor water quality conditions are harmful to eelgrass habitat and the fish and invertebrate populations that live in the bay.

While Stony Brook's Center for Clean Water Technology tries to tackle the nitrogen pollution problem coming from land, our "in-the-water" solution aims to Turn Brown Tide Blue by increasing the natural filtration capacity of the bay. We are doing this by planting millions of adult hard clams and building new oyster reefs. We are also seeding new eelgrass beds and experimenting with how macroalgae harvesting can reduce nitrogen levels in the water.

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SoMAS at Stony Brook University

Institute for Ocean Conservation Science

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