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.
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.
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).
Dr. Demian Chapman measuring the length of a clearnose skate
Processing the catch from a trawl