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SoMAS Hosts “Bay Scallop Symposium” at Stony Brook Southampton
December 6 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pmFree
On Friday, December 6th at 7:30 p.m., Dr. Christopher Gobler from Stony Brook University will host the “Bay Scallop Symposium” in the Avram Theater on the Stony Brook Southampton Campus. Speakers from Stony Brook University include Dr. Christopher Gobler, Dr. Bradley Peterson, and Dr. Bassam Allam and from the Cornell Cooperative Extension and Dr. Stephen Tettelbach.
Before the lecture, please join us at 6:00pm in the lobby of Chancellor’s Hall on campus for our annual Lighting of the Windmill.
The abstract of the talk appears below. We hope to see you there!
The Peconic Bay Scallop is the most iconic fishery on eastern Long Island. From the 1960s through 1985, the Peconic Estuary boasted the largest individual bay scallop fishery on the US east coast. While harmful algal blooms caused the collapse of the fishery at the end of the twentieth century, recent restoration efforts had significantly improved landings. Unfortunately, a catastrophic environmental event caused mass mortality among bay scallops during the late summer and early fall of 2019. The opening of the bay scallop season in November made it clear this die-off was widespread and near complete among harvestable scallops in most regions, leading to great concern regarding the cause of this event as well as the impacts on the economy of eastern Long Island. The Bay Scallop Symposium will offer an opportunity for scientists to present the knowns and unknowns regarding the bay scallop die-off, as well as an opportunity for the public to have questions answered.