Goal of the Program

The goal of the Shinnecock Bay Restoration Program (ShiRP) is to use science, outreach, and partnerships to restore the water quality and fisheries of Shinnecock Bay.

Our Approach

ShiRP will work to restore the health of this ecosystem by undertaking research and scientific assessments, as well as shellfish restoration, which will be implemented in phases. Each phase of the restoration will take into account new information and lessons learned from the previous phase, so that it is an integrative and adaptive process. A communications component is also planned, which will focus on engaging with local stakeholders.

After conducting a pilot study to scientifically assess the most successful species and locations for restoration in the bay, shellfish species and eelgrass beds will be restocked to improve water clarity and reduce nutrient loading. Water quality and species abundance will be monitored throughout the restoration program, and the progress will be communicated to local stakeholders and the public.

Who We Are

In response to the deteriorating situation in Shinnecock Bay, the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) and its Institute for Ocean Conservation Science at Stony Brook University initiated the Shinnecock Bay Restoration Program (ShiRP).

School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences       Institute for Ocean Conservation Science

measuring skate

Processing the catch from a trawl. This particular load was very light compared to some others we've pulled up. Sometimes the catch is so big, the whole boat is full of sorting trays!

processing the catch
Wow, there's so much going on in this picture. To the left, the team is collecting water quality data with Secchi disks and a YSI. To the right, the BRUV team is getting ready to deploy one of our many Baited Remote Underwater Video cameras. In the middle, you can see Captain Brian reading our depth meter, and our data recorder working hard to capture everything that's going on.