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

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]

brown tideJuly 7, 2017Dr. Chris Gobler provides Water Views

Hampton BayJuly 5, 2017Shinnecock, Quantuck, Moriches Bays Free Of Brown Tide This Year So Far

drone footageMay 2017SoMAS drone footage catches one of our clam deployments in action [More]

hs studentsOctober 2016Seeding Shinnecock Bay: High School science students seeded 42,000 clams [More]

UN visitorsJuly 2016United Nations group visits Stony Brook Southampton Marine Station [More]

Dr. Ellen PikitchSpring 2016ShiRP Co-PI Dr. Ellen Pikitch recently featured in Stony Brook Magazine [More]

Christopher GoblerApril 2016Spring 2016 Lecture Series: State of the Bays 2016: Challenges, victories, solutions. April 1. [More]

studentsDecember 2015Shinnecock Bay Restoration Program Hits Milestone [More]

studentsOctober 2015William Floyd High School Students Conduct Marine Research on Mud Crabs [More]

studentsSeptember 2015Hampton Bays Science Research Students Reseed Shinnecock Bay [More]

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Shinnecock Bay's Current Conditions

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