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.

Top 3 Elements of a Bay Friendly Yard August 11, 2020

Long Island invented the suburban lawn. Fields of green with ornamental bushes brought in from all over the world requiring all manner of care —… Read more

The GSB Oyster Project August 7, 2020

Supporting Oyster Farmers & Aquaculture Save The Great South Bay, a 501(c)3 environmental non-profit, is proud to launch the GSB Oyster Project with an initial… Read more

Top Five LI Native Trees August 5, 2020

Lost trees thanks to the blustering winds of Tropical Storm Isaias and wondering what to replace them with? Here are our top five suggestions of… Read more

Restoring Habitat Along Carll’s River July 24, 2020

On the banks of the beautiful Carll’s River in Babylon Village, just where it crosses under Park Avenue, you will find the Carll’s River Native… Read more

Good Seagrass = Good Seafood July 15, 2020

We welcome DEC Seagrass Management with a guest blog post on the importance of seagrass to the Great South Bay. What is seagrass? Seagrasses are… Read more

Summer 2020 GSB Scavenger Hunt July 14, 2020

New Date! Sat Aug 15-Sun Aug 16 Join our Summer Fun Scavenger Hunt between July 24-26th when teams of up to four players compete for… Read more

New York and New Jersey Government leading the Ecological charge for our NY/NJ area bays, rivers and estuaries. It’s True! June 26, 2018

Facts: 2018 Cuomo Priority: Full PCB Clean Up of the Hudson River Cuomo Announces $10.4 Mil to Clean LI’s Waters With Shellfish A New Start… Read more

Seeking Apprentice Oysterers May 24, 2018

Chuck Westfall of Thatch Island Oysters by Captree [ In opening shot ] is looking for future oyster farmers. $15 an hour.   Chuck is also… Read more

$10.4 Million From Albany For Shellfish Hatcheries September 9, 2017

Invests $7.25 Million in Public Hatcheries Across Long Island and $3.15 Million to Obtain Adult Shellfish  Shellfish Restoration Council to Direct Efforts and Coordinate Training … Read more

Official: Cuomo Announces $10.4 Mil to Clean LI’s Waters With Shellfish September 9, 2017

Invests $7.25 Million in Public Hatcheries Across Long Island and $3.15 Million to Obtain Adult Shellfish  Shellfish Restoration Council to Direct Efforts and Coordinate Training … Read more

Route It South May 26, 2016

DID YOU KNOW THAT THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS OF CESSPOOLS AND SEPTIC TANKS ARE SEEPING NITROGREN INTO OUR GREAT SOUTH BAY…?   THAT NITROGEN HAS ALL… Read more

Route It South — Bring Sewering To Low Lying Areas Near The Great South Bay, and Maybe Bring Back Oystering May 26, 2016

DID YOU KNOW THAT THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS OF CESSPOOLS AND SEPTIC TANKS ARE SEEPING NITROGREN INTO OUR GREAT SOUTH BAY…?   THAT NITROGEN HAS ALL… Read more

There’s more in the blog.