Suffolk County deploys Waverunners at ocean beaches to protect swimmers from sharks.
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Stepping Up Shark Safety on the South Shore

Pictured Above: Suffolk County deploys Waverunners at ocean beaches to protect swimmers from sharks. | Suffolk County Executive's Office photo After several close encounters with sharks on South Shore beaches over the Fourth of July Weekend, Suffolk County and East Hampton are both deploying drones and personal watercraft along ocean beaches this summer to alert swimmers to potential threats. After five shark-related incidents on the South Shore over the Fourth
Aquaculturist Karen Rivara of Southold is working with Dr. Tettelbach to keep resilient Peconic Bay scallop broodstock alive.
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Groundhog Day for Bay Scallops?

Pictured Above: Aquaculturist Karen Rivara of Southold is working with Dr. Tettelbach to keep resilient Peconic Bay scallop broodstock alive. This coming Peconic Bay scallop season could prove a repeat of last year’s devastating die-off, says Dr. Stephen Tettelbach, a Long Island University ecology professor who heads Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Peconic Bay Scallop Restoration Program. In addition to the recurring warm water temperatures that thwarted last year’s scallops, the shellfish
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State Lawmakers Go To Bat Over Fisheries Cutbacks

[caption id="attachment_42162" align="alignnone" width="600"] Black Sea Bass[/caption] The federal government is proposing a 12 percent reduction for the recreational black sea bass fishery in 2018,  despite the fact that scientists say the black sea bass fishery has been rebuilt to two-and-a-half times what regulators consider to be sustainable, and New York State is fighting back. State Senator Ken LaValle and State Assemblyman Fred Thiele agree with DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos
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My Corner Office: The Many Faces of the Peconic Bay

[caption id="attachment_38915" align="aligncenter" width="500"] A duck flotilla on the Peconic Bay...[/caption] My Corner Office: The Many Faces of the Peconic Bay by David Berson It is my corner office, my room with a view, where I earn my living continually reestablishing my connection with that older part of the earth; the water. From Memorial Day to mid October, about 120 days each year, over the past 19 years, about six
The National Hurricane Center's Sept. 19 Forecast Cone for Hurricane José.
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Strained Fluke Quotas, Hurricanes and Safe Harbor

[caption id="attachment_38672" align="alignnone" width="600"] The National Hurricane Center's Sept. 19 Forecast Cone for Hurricane José.[/caption] Strained Fluke Quotas, Hurricanes and Safe Harbor Case of fisherman bound for North Carolina caught in José’s rough seas highlights inadequacies in interstate fishing regulations by Beth Young Less than a month after a bill granting vessels safe harbor in New York was signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, a fishing vessel bound for North Carolina
Retired teacher Bob Jester gives a lesson in induction at the grand opening of the seaport museum's room named in his honor.
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East End Seaport Museum Celebrates New Children’s Room: Capt. Bob’s Quarter Deck

[caption id="attachment_37872" align="alignnone" width="600"] Retired teacher Bob Jester gives a lesson in induction at the grand opening of the seaport museum's room named in his honor.[/caption] Greenport's East End Seaport Museum, which long has provided nautical educational activities for kids, has now taken the immersive educational experience one step further, opening up a brand new children's room on Aug. 4. [caption id="attachment_37875" align="alignright" width="250"] Playing ship.[/caption] The room, named "Captain
Founder’s Landing on the Peconic Bay in Southold at left, Kenney’s Beach in Southold on the Long Island Sound, right. | Jennifer Luke photos
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The Sound or the Bay? North Forkers on their Favorite Beaches

[caption id="attachment_37845" align="alignnone" width="600"] Founder’s Landing on the Peconic Bay in Southold at left, Kenney’s Beach in Southold on the Long Island Sound, right. | Jennifer Luke photos[/caption] by Jennifer Luke On the North Fork, we have the amazing rocky Sound, and the sandy Bay. They are both almost complete opposites, so that would mean they attract different kinds of visitors. My theory is that parents would most likely want
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So You Want To Build a Cardboard Boat? Have You Gone Daft?

[caption id="attachment_37544" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A large cardboard box is important.... but it's not the only important thing.[/caption] by Beth Young The idea began like many of my other half-baked plans: with a supposedly useless bit of packaging. You see, the truth is, I’ve been waiting for my water heater to go on the fritz for several years, because I knew when I ended up with a huge appliance box in
One scrimshaw artifact in the collection.
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Brecknock Hall to Unveil Greenport Whaling Artifacts

[caption id="attachment_20307" align="alignnone" width="600"] One scrimshaw artifact in the collection.[/caption] The Brecknock Hall Foundation continues its annual distinguished lecture series next weekend with whaling curator Michael P. Dyer, who will unlock the history of David G. Floyd’s iconic whaling career. Dyer’s lecture, entitled “Tuthill’s Memorial: Tragedy and Triumph in Greenport’s Whaling Heyday, 1833-1860,” is free to all, and takes place at the Peconic Landing Community Center Saturday, November 14 at
Coast Guard Air Station Cape Code photo of Thursday's rescue
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Sailor Rescued by Coast Guard Helicopter in Heavy Seas off Shinnecock

[caption id="attachment_19433" align="alignnone" width="600"] Coast Guard Air Station Cape Code photo of Thursday's rescue[/caption] The captain of a 40-foot sailboat was rescued early Thursday morning by Coast Guard helicopter in heavy seas in high seas and heavy winds 12 miles out in the Atlantic Ocean off of Shinnecock Inlet. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound command center received a distress call at about 7:30 a.m. from the 40-foot
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Coast Guard Calls Off Search for Missing Paraglider off Robins Island

[caption id="attachment_4652" align="alignnone" width="600"] Robins Island[/caption] Update: The Coast Guard, along with all East End police departments involved in the search, suspended looking for a paraglider at about 1:45 p.m. Monday afternoon, after no one was reported missing, and no other correlating information such as empty vehicles in parking lots was found throughout the East End, says Coast Guard Search & Rescue Controller Peter Winters of the Long Island Sound Sector.