Habitat Restoration

Oysters eat murky water for lunch.   If we bring them back in volume, they’ll clean the bay better and faster than any human can.

We advocate for healing the creeks that feed our bay, for bay-friendly yards, for helping to return a shellfishing industry to the Great South Bay, and for the deployment of modern wastewater treatment technologies to address the problems caused by 500,000 cesspools and septic tanks, as well as the 197 large scale septic systems in malls, apartment complexes and locally.

Contribute to a Healthier Bay!


Filter Feeders

Did you know that one oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water a day?   What could that mean for The Great South Bay?

It’s been calculated that 5000 acres of oyster farms in the bay would be enough to deal with 147% of the nitrogen problem.   A clean bay AND 5000 acres of oysters, with each acre producing $100,000+ of revenue.

A revitalized bay AND a revitalized shellfishing industry.   And the resurrection of a way of life that had seemingly vanished.

Save The Great South Bay works closely with oyster growers on The South Shore. We seek to implement new techniques for the reintroduction of oysters such as we see being undertaken in The Chesapeake, or through New York City’s Billion Oyster Project, or closer to home, with Friends of Bellport Bay. Given the value of oysters today, there is also a lot of innovation around how best to grow them.

Of course, nothing happens without cleaner water. That is why getting rid of our cesspools and septic tanks, healing our creeks, tackling runoff, and practicing natural lawn care is so important.

Please contact us with any suggestions you may have.  You can also donate our efforts. We want to apply the latest techniques in aquaculture to revitalize our bay, our economy and our local culture.

Recent progress on habitat restoration

Here’s what we’ve recently been up to. Your participation could look like one of these updates, or – if you can’t dive in there and get dirty yourself, just support the project and we’ll find a way to do it. Everyone has a part in this shared cause.

Curt Johnson, Executive Director, Save The Sound January 30, 2017

Curt Johnson, Executive Director of Save The Sound, issues an Eco Reportcard on the water quality of Long Island Sound, and discusses what remains to… Read more

Creek Defenders To The Rescue! August 26, 2016

Now that there is an online mapping platform for communities to view and post the environment information, we will see much more effective monitoring, oversight… Read more

Learn Oyster Gardening — And Help Rebuild A Way of Life January 21, 2016

A class to teach young people the art of oyster growing is about to begin in Islip at Great Atlantic Shellfish Farms. Register now! Create… Read more

A Gorgeous Video of The Breach From The Air January 14, 2016

We have now over 2500 people in our Facebook Group Save The Great South Bay. Almost every day, someone posts something essential, informative, and often… Read more

Support The Moratorium January 12, 2016

Sayville is the first village on The South Shore calling for a moratorium on pesticides and fertilizer. It will not be the last. Read more

So What Becomes of LaSalle — And of The Great South Bay? January 10, 2016

The 170 acre plot now for sale on The Great South Bay, the site of the LaSalle Academy represents a great opportunity and threat to… Read more

Cleaning Our Polluted Waters With Oysters — A Bill Awaits Governor Christie’s Signature. What of New York? January 19, 2016

We need to be able to use oysters as a means of cleaning up the polluted water in our bays. The science and the economics… Read more

screenshot from video: Fire Island Hurricane Sandy new inlet breach by National
National Geographic On The Breach / New Inlet — Sandy’s Silver Lining October 29, 2013

Nice video on The New Inlet/ breach from National Geographic. Got some old time baymen featured. Good job! Nice end to a somber day. via… Read more

“Long Island is All Clammed Up” – Is It Too Late For Our Bays? October 16, 2013

It is important to remember that many of the land use issues discussed each week have real impacts to the lives of Long Islanders, and… Read more

Volunteer To Seed The Great South Bay With Clams October 1, 2013

Volunteers should be prepared to lift upwards of 40-60 lbs repeatedly and be prepared to do so on the water as well. We can provide… Read more

Long Island’s South Shore Wastewater Infrastructure Problem July 30, 2013

Carl LoBue’s posts on the Save The Great South Bay Facebook page always get me thinking, and googling. And this one is no exception: Carl… Read more

Is Mosquito Spraying Killing Crustaceans? July 26, 2013

Nice to see our Peconic Baykeeper, Kevin McCallister being interviewed by News12 on the topic of aerial spraying of larvicide for the control of mosquitoes.… Read more

There’s more in the blog.