Largest Clam Contest winner 2022 Mark your calendars now for the Trustees 33rd Annual Largest Clam Contest! After having to cancel two dates last year due to inclement weather, the Trustees have set the date for Sunday, September 29th from 12 Noon to 3PM. The annual event celebrates the Trustees historic jurisdiction of the town’s bottomlands of the waterways including the harbors and ponds, the beaches, and old roads since established in 1686. In addition to the Largest Clam Contest, there will be the Clam Chowder Contest, LIVE music, clams on the half-shell, prizes, and more for adults and children
Rob Vasiluth from the CCE Eelgrass Program holds up a bag of eelgrass seeds after the dive at Fisher’s Island. (Image: Emma DeLoughry) At the last Trustee meeting, Rob Vasiluth of SAVE Environmental was granted permission and a letter of support to seed Napeague Harbor with eelgrass. This will be the second season he will do this with the assistance of the Director of the East Hampton Shellfish Hatchery, John “Barley” Dunne. Mr. Vasiluth anticipates a more robust planting of the eelgrass with the assistance of the Peconic Baykeeper, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and Save the Sound. In addition, as he
NOAA Fisheries (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and partners convened an event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act, the discovery of the Rice’s whale, and recent advancements in marine mammal research and conservation. NOAA Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service share responsibility for implementing the Endangered Species Act. We are responsible for most marine species, including whales, seals, sharks, and coral. We also implement measures to protect anadromous species—ones that migrate between fresh and saltwater. 2023 marked the 50th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act. Under this law, NOAA Fisheries is responsible for the conservation and
Montauk School Photo Patch.com Here are the list of winners from this year: 8th Grade 1st Valentina Balducci 2nd Elle Reidlinger 3rd Augie Swain 7th Grade 1st Timmy Mullen, Cole Deland 2nd Sydney Powers, Alison Rade 3rd Rishi Ortiz, Francisco Estrella-Neat 6th Grade 1st Alex Uihlein 2nd Tomas Ramos, Tiberius Tyler 3rd William Hess, Harry Flight 5th Grade 1st Tippi Tyler, Maxwell Berrang 2nd Vera Ryan 3rd Antonella Rodriguez 4th Grade 1st Makenzie Taylor 2nd Conor McCann, Charlie LoCascio 3rd Gianny Matos, Harper Shahriari-Walter 3rd Grade 1st Hayes Watson, Jaden Ostroff 2nd Madeline Schroetter 3rd Maren Hammer
The annual Montauk School Science Fair is always an exciting event for students, teachers, parents, and judges alike. This year it was held on Friday, January 26th – from 10AM – 3PM in the school’s gymnasium. The participants included students in grades 4 – 8th. Montauk School photo Trustee Celia Josephson who serves on the Trustee’s Education committee, and former Trustee, Susan McGraw-Keber were judges along with a robust group of judges from various environmental organizations. The Executive Director of Concerned Citizens of Montauk (CCOM), Kay Tyler, served as a judge and the event’s co-chair with Joe Malave, the Earth
Georgica Pond Dredging January 2024 Photo Friends of Georgica Pond Foundation The East Hampton Town Trustees started the annual dredging of Georgica Pond a few days ago. Dredging helps to maintain the health of the pond by allowing it to flush into the ocean, taking with it an abundance of water that accumulated over the past months. The dredging project is permitted under a five-year permit from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) as well as a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. While the dredging is underway, the Trustees ask that for the safety
Oyster gardening maintenance Photo Susan McGraw-Keber If you’re a seasoned oyster gardener or someone who would like to grow your own oysters for the first time, now is the time to sign up for The East Hampton Shellfish Hatchery’s 2024 season! EHSEED information 2024Download EHSEED APPLICATION-NEWDownload EHSEED application RETURNINGDownload 2024 scheduleDownload John “Barley” Dunne, the Director of The East Hampton Shellfish Hatchery, will begin the 2024 season with an informative class on Thursday, February 29th at 5PM at Town Hall of East Hampton in the main meeting room located at 159 Montauk Highway. The first presentation of three will introduce
Stony Brook Southampton University- Kelp -News12 LI photo “The East Hampton Town Trustees voted unanimously on Monday (January 22) to grant a request from Christopher Gobler of Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences for a research project to grow sugar kelp in waters under trustee jurisdiction between Barcelona Point and Little Northwest Creek. This research project is part of the PECONIC EAST BLUE CARBON – SHORELINE PROTECTION PROJECT. John Aldred told his colleagues that Dr. Gobler’s lab is involved in this project funded by the Peconic Estuary Program focusing on acidification reduction, nitrogen bioextraction, guarding shorelines, ecosystem
EHHS sophomore Finn O’Rourke describes shark study he is conducting 1/22/24 At the January 22nd Trustee meeting, Finn O’Rourke, an East Hampton High School sophomore, presented his shark project to be conducted beginning this year and continuing through 2026 when he will graduate. Finn is studying with his science teacher, Dr. Stephanie Forsberg, a former Town Trustee. The sharks will be caught by rod and reel and once brought to the boat, an incision and the satellite tag will be inserted. The shark will be released into the waters promptly after that. Each time the shark comes to the surface
South Fork Wind is at the halfway point for the construction and installation of the twelve wind turbines located 35 miles off the coast of Montauk Point. Another big milestone for #SouthForkWind as it reaches a the halfway-finished milestone, with 7 of the 12 turbines complete and supplying #offshorewind energy to the Long Island grid. SFW is making progress every day on building a clean energy future for New York.
The first East Hampton Town Trustee board meeting of 2024 was dedicated to the reading of the Resolutions for the year ahead. First Trustee Meeting of 2024 Photo Susan McGraw-Keber January 8th, 2024- The East Hampton Town Trustees began the year with the annual organizational meeting. As is customary, three trustees were sworn in by Carole Brennan, the town clerk. Celia Josephson, one of the newly elected Trustees, John Aldred, who was re-elected to his fourth term, and David Cataletto, who was re-elected to his second term, were sworn in on Monday night. Patrice Dalton, the second of the two
The new East Hampton Town Trustees photographed at Accabonac Harbor by Annmarie McCoy. Left to Right Front Row: Patrice Dalton, Bill Taylor, Francis J. Bock, Jim Grimes, & Celia Josephson. Left to Right Back Row: David Cataletto, John Alred, Tim Garneau, and Ben Dollinger.
“As part of the fish monitoring study outlined in the SFW Fisheries Study Work Plan, the Stony Brook University team is conducting a regular visit to the sensor array off Wainscott today to collect data from sensors, replace batteries, and deploy new retrievable moorings alongside the previous moorings. As the Stony Brook team is deploying new moorings alongside the existing moorings there’s no change to the mariners briefing, our standard method for updating mariners on the presence of equipment in navigational waters. Members of the fisheries outreach team, in collaboration with the research team, have worked with the fishing community to select an alternative mooring, one that is smaller, lightweight and retrievable, and is more compatible with commercial fishing in response to the feedback we’ve received from the community on original deployment of cement moorings.”