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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October 2016 – Seeding Shinnecock Bay: High School science students seeded 42,000 clams [More]
July 2016 – United Nations group visits Stony Brook Southampton Marine Station [More]
Spring 2016 – ShiRP Co-PI Dr. Ellen Pikitch recently featured in Stony Brook Magazine [More]
April 2016 – Spring 2016 Lecture Series: State of the Bays 2016: Challenges, victories, solutions. April 1. [More]
December 2015 – Shinnecock Bay Restoration Program Hits Milestone [More]
October 2015 – William Floyd High School Students Conduct Marine Research on Mud Crabs [More]
September 2015 – Hampton Bays Science Research Students Reseed Shinnecock Bay [More]
July 9, 2015 – Restore the bay by growing oysters. Join Operation RESTORE [More]
Clams for Clams
July 10, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:30pm
April 22, 2015 – Dr. Christopher Gobler gave a seminar entitled: “State of the Bays, 2015: Crisis and opportunity” in the Duke Lecture Hall of Chancellor’s Hall on the Stony Brook - Southampton Campus. [More]