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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.

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Lend a hand! Join our Oyster Project Team and help revive The Great South Bay.

Partnering With Oyster Growers

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.

We advocate for healing the creeks that feed our bay, for bay-friendly yards, for helping to return a shell fishing 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.

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.
A Swell App To Measure Debris

A Swell App To Measure Debris

Want to help us collect data on debris? There's an app for that. The Clean Swell app. At Save The Great South Bay, we are firm believers in the age old adage of you can't manage what you can't measure. Starting in 2021 and in collaboration with the Ocean Conservancy,...

Jet Skis Can Damage Marshlands

Jet Skis Can Damage Marshlands

Jet skis (personal water craft) are a lot of fun, and we love having fun on the Great South Bay, but full throttle jet ski riding in the marshlands can do some real harm to nature. Marsh sidewalls are sensitive and the propulsion from jet ski's can cause them to...

Mahogany Tide Returns to Great South Bay

Mahogany Tide Returns to Great South Bay

As reported by Danielle Campbell, News 12 Long Island on 05/26/21. Parts of Long Island are seeing Mahogany Tide, an algal bloom, very early on in the season this year -- a big problem for fish and shellfish. Word of a mahogany tide showing up on Long Island spread...

Endangered Species Day: Horseshoe Crabs

Endangered Species Day: Horseshoe Crabs

In honor of Endangered Species Day, we welcome world expert John T. Tanacredi as a guest blogger on the perilous future of horseshoe crabs, as seen in the May 20, 2021 edition of the Babylon Beacon. Horseshoe crabs need special protections as they face extinction For...

Bay Friendly Yards: Creating Wildlife Habitat

Bay Friendly Yards: Creating Wildlife Habitat

The typical suburban yard lacks the basic necessities of wildlife habitat, devoid of birds, butterflies and other delightful creatures. These creatures are not only an essential part of local ecosystems but also provide an amazing nature show! What does a butterfly...

Sayville Creeks as Classrooms

Sayville Creeks as Classrooms

Collaboration and support. And love for the Great South Bay! That's what our Sayville team up between Save the Great South Bay's Bayport (Bob Draffin) and Sayville (James Bertsch) Creek Defenders was made of. Adults saved trees. Kids got the knowledge and experience...