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New Requirement for Neonicotinoids
With continued sea level rise and a potential increase in storm frequency and intensity due to a changing climate, there is a growing demand for shoreline protection on Long Island. The impacts of hardened shorelines are well established. Developing alternative forms of shoreline protection that do not negatively impact our shorelines, while also providing benefits to our coastal ecosystem, is a priority for the Peconic Estuary Partnership (PEP) . Living shorelines provide habitat for native plants and wildlife while also providing many other benefits. Demonstration Living Shoreline Project Photo courtesy of Peconic Estuary Partnership Photo: Sea Grant From Sea Grant –
NEW YORK – South Fork Wind, New York’s first offshore wind farm, has received approval of the project’s Construction and Operations Plan (COP) from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), which is the final decision needed from the agency to move the project toward the start of construction.   Read complete article from link below. South Fork Wind
Oyster farming crates
An informational meeting will be held on February 3rd at 6:00 p.m. via ZOOM with the Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and Planning for prospective applicants interested in applying for a lease under the county’s Shellfish Aquaculture Lease Program in Peconic Bay and Gardiner’s Bay. Oyster farming in Napeague Harbor – Photo Susan McGraw-Keber Click on the link below for more information: https://www.easthamptonstar.com/government/2022120/prospective-shellfish-farmers-take-note Cages of Montauk Pearl Oysters ready to be reset after cleaning and culling. Photo: Mike Martinsen More information about the Suffolk County Shellfish Aquaculture Lease Program in Peconic Bay & Gardiners Bay: https://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/Economic-Development-and-Planning/Planning-and-Environment/Environmental-Planning-and-Aquaculture/Shellfish-Aquaculture-Lease-Program
Georgica Pond- annual dredging has begun. Photo Susan McGraw-Keber Beginning this week, the annual letting of Georgica Pond began followed by dredging that is done for the health of the pond. Read the article below from The East Hampton Star for more information: https://www.easthamptonstar.com/government/2022113/georgica-dredging-begins Go to this link for more information about Georgica Pond and dredging: Georgica Pond Dredging Underway
Carole Brennan, second from right, the East Hampton Town clerk, conducted the swearing-in of members of the town trustees and Cate Rogers, right, the new member of the town board, at Town Hall on Friday. Photo: Christopher Walsh January 2, 2022 – Town Hall The East Hampton Star : January 6, 2022 By Christopher Walsh Continuity was on the agenda when the East Hampton Town Trustees selected officers and staff during their organizational meeting on Monday night. Eight of the nine incumbent trustees were re-elected in November, and six of them, plus the newly elected trustee, were in attendance at Monday’s
Trustee Mike Martinsen with a strand of Kelp grown in local waters. Photo courtesy of East Magazine, a publication of the East Hampton Star. On December 7, 2021, Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation S.6532A/A7547A into law. This legislation allows Suffolk County to lease underwater lands for the purpose of Kelp and other seaweed cultivation. One hundred ten thousand (110,000) acres of underwater land in Gardiner’s and Peconic Bays will now be permitted for kelp aquaculture use. According to the press release put out by by the Governor’s office, this legislation will “promote aquaculture in Gardiners and Peconic Bays.” The goal
Dredging Little Northwest Creek December 2021
Dredging Little Northwest Creek / December 2021 Photo by Tim Garneau Dredging completed, Little Northwest Creek is flowing once again into the bay waters. Photo Susan McGraw-Keber
On Monday, November 22nd, the East Hampton Town Trustees voted unanimously for a one year moratorium on all new residential docks, catwalks, floating docks, floating structures, and platforms in Trustee waters. The resolution was offered by John Aldred and seconded by Susan McGraw-Keber. For the complete Trustee Resolution #2021-11-22, click on the tab below. 2021 Dock Moratorium Resolution
Vote Is Unanimous During the moratorium, the East Hampton Town Trustees will conduct an inventory of all docks in waterways under their jurisdiction, among them Three Mile Harbor. Photo: Durell Godfrey Town Trustees Push Pause on Some Docks By Chris Walsh The East Hampton Town Trustees voted unanimously on Monday to enact a one-year moratorium on construction of docks, catwalks, floating docks, floating structures, and floating platforms in trustee waters. The moratorium, effective immediately, comes a month after the trustees voted 5-to-3 to approve construction of an 80-foot floating dock on Three Mile Harbor, the first such approval in more
Commercial Fishing Interests & Stakeholders Map of artificial reefs off the coast of Long Island, NY. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) has planned the expansions of seven existing artificial reefs and the creation of four new sites and is seeking feedback from commercial fishing interests to gain information that will help guide the future development of these sites and avoid conflicts with the commercial industry. All commercial fishing interests and stakeholders are invited to attend meetings on changes to artificial reefs in the Atlantic Ocean and Long Island Sound. Stakeholders can provide valuable information by identifying fishing locations on charts
Fall is the annual seeding of a harbor in East Hampton- and there was no better a day than on October 18th when the weather felt like a sunny summer day and the breeze was light. On this day, 25,000 oyster seedlings were distributed into Northwest Harbor that the East Hampton Shellfish Hatchery had grown to replenish the harbor with. Members of the East Hampton Middle School’s Surfrider Club and their teachers, John Ryan, Jr. and David Cataletto paddled along side the shellfish hatchery’s skiff on paddle boards, courtesy of Paddle Diva’s owner Gina Bradley with buckets of new oyster


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