Discover CALS

See how our current work and research is bringing new thinking and new solutions to some of today's biggest challenges.

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 15:00
Long Island is defined by the water that surrounds it. The Atlantic Ocean, the Long Island Sound, the bays...for hundred of years, the water has shaped Long Islands identity, fueled its economy and attracted countless visitors.

Today, millions of Long Islanders and the fishing, tourism and real estate industries depend on clean water and a healthy coastal ecosystem. Shellfish like oysters and clams are especially critical to clean water on Long Island.

Shellfish are natural filters that cam remove harmful substances from water and can filter up to 40% of area waters each day.

Decades ago, Long Island's shellfish were largely wiped out from pollution and other factors and never fully recovered.

Cornell Cooperative Extension are restoring shellfish to Long Island. Marine scientists are spawning hundreds of millions of shellfish in this hatchery.

Nutrients are optimized, baby clams are fed, cleaned and sorted. Oysters are spawned under controlled condition for maximum yield. Clams are placed in floating systems that increase water flow, food intake and growth. Young oysters are planted in sanctuary sites where they won't be harvested.

Increased shellfish populations will have a positive impact beyond these sanctuary sites so shellfish can be sustainably harvested and enjoyed for generations to come.

It's a win-win-win. For long Islanders. For economic development. For the planet.