Moriches Bay Group Plans to Seed One Million Oysters

The Moriches Bay Project plans to raise $20,000 to seed the bay with oysters to protect against harmful algae blooms.
The Moriches Bay Project plans to raise $20,000 to seed the bay with oysters to protect against harmful algae blooms.

As you run around finishing the last of your holiday shopping, the Moriches Bay Project is hoping to have your support in a gift to help clean the water in their impaired South Shore bay.

The “Million Mollusk March” Indiegogo fundraising project has already raised more then $8,000 for the campaign to install four more oyster beds in the bay. The campaign began in mid-November and continues until Jan. 14.

Moriches Bay and many other South Shore bays have been fighting harmful algal blooms, fish kills and the disappearance of shellfish stocks in recent year, and the group is turning to oysters and reestablishment of eelgrass beds in the hope of helping the bay recover.

They are also providing “oyster certificates” for donations, which can be given as Christmas gifts, on their website.

 

Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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