News & Events

F/V Bulldog vessel
The East Hampton Town Trustees commissioned the study of fish migration near the installed landing site of the South Fork Wind Farm Export Cable. The Cornell bottom trawl survey will be conducted next week, between May 8 – 14, 2023. Cornell bottom trawl survey map The Cornell bottom trawl survey will be conducted to provide a consistent sampling of finfish and invertebrates in the affected area and an associated reference area. Survey data will be used to document fish populations, as well as to inform the environmental review process that minimizes construction impacts on fisheries resources. Coordinating access to the
Marine Biotoxin Shinnecock Closure April 12, 2023
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Effective April 20, 2023, the following areas below are temporarily closed to the harvest of shellfish and carnivorous gastropods. This action is taken to protect public health after mussels tested positive for saxitoxin, a marine biotoxin that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP), and exceeded levels that require closures. DEC will continue to monitor for the presence of biotoxins in shellfish at several monitoring locations around Long Island and implement closures as necessary. For the full NYSDEC report click on the link below.
SoMAS Southampton Lecture - Fish & Whales - Sounds
*Also available by ZOOM
Hurricane of '38 presentation poster
Public Invited : Saturday – May 6th – 6:00PM Hurricane of ’38 presentation poster
Dr. Christopher Gobler and Jaime LeDuc of Concerned Citizens of Montauk
Dr. Christopher Gobler and Jaime LeDuc of Concerned Citizens of Montauk Photo Jen Goleski With the recent unanimous vote by the Suffolk County Parks Commission trustees’ to not trade land with the Town of East Hampton to accommodate a sewage treatment plant in Hither Woods, Concerned Citizens of Montauk has retained Dr. Christopher Gobler of Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences to assess Montauk’s wastewater issues. Read the article from the East Hampton Star by Christopher Walsh here: EH STAR ARTICLE
Bountiful harvest of oysters - Montauk Harbor and Montauk Oysters.
Trustee Mike Martinsen bringing home fresh oysters to Montauk Harbor! Bountiful harvest of oysters – Montauk Harbor and Montauk Oysters. A Bountiful Oyster Harvest – Trustee Mike Martinsen Coming home to Montauk Harbor at the end of a bountiful day, Trustee Mike Martinsen’s love and appreciation of the sea’s gifts is in his bones and heart. “This was our first seed planting of the year. My son, Avery and I purchased 317,000 one year old seed oysters, each about the size of a nickel and placed into approximately 400 floating grow out bags then deployed at our nursery site in
ChangEHampton! Event
Saturday, May 13th – 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM To a Celebration of Local Environmental Activists together with cultural creatives—poets, musicians, artists! And Launch of A Thousand Healthy Yards!Space is limitedRSVP: info@changehampton.orgMeet and hear the Teen Poet Laureate of Suffolk County, Ella O’Connor, and Sag Harbor poet, Kathryn Levy, reading poems inspired by their environmental passions.Hear the jazz music of Jane Hastay, piano, Peter Weiss Martin, String bass, and Carlos Jimenez, flute, and surprise vocalists.Silent auction of artworks by local artists who create from an environmental consciousness.We’ll be reporting on our Community Pollinator Garden at Town Hall.  And launching our new
Approximately 102 acres in Flanders Bay and 1,429 acres in Shinnecock Bay are affected. The State Department of Environmental Conservation banned the harvest of shellfish and carnivorous gastropods from Flanders Bay in the Town of Riverhead and western Shinnecock Bay in the Town of Southampton on April 12. The presence of the marine biotoxin that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning, saxitoxin, was detected in mussels collected in Meetinghouse Creek and Shinnecock Bay. EAST HAMPTON PRESS ARTICLE
Georgica Pond March 2023 Spring Cut
The Trustees maintain the health of Georgica Pond by opening it to the ocean. The cut was done this past March on a beautiful Spring day. The goal of this early spring letting is to provide tidal exchange between the ocean and the pond.  Increased salinity, oxygen, and the migration of fish and other organisms are all a result of this beneficial practice which dates back to pre-colonial times. Interesting Information: Historically, clam shells were used as tools to open the pond to the ocean by the Indigenous People of East Hampton. Formed by a glacier, Georgica Pond is thought to have
Sponsored by the East Hampton High School TUESDAY APRIL 25, 2023 @6PM ALL COMMUNITY MEMBERS WELCOME! Please RSVP to Dr. Forsberg at: EAST HAMPTON HIGH SCHOOL2 LONG LANE, EAST HAMPTON, NY 11937
Horseshoe crab tagging May 2022. Mating season!
Horseshoe crab mating season – Horseshoe crab spawning season is nearly here! For the last several years, the East Hampton Trustees have participated in the annual spawning event in an effort to help collect data for Cornell Cooperative Extension / Marine Program. Horseshoe crabs begin their mating season in May and go to July. Data collected includes spawning abundance, size, sex, and tag returns around the full and new moon events. Monitoring spawning horseshoe crabs is conducted throughout Long Island beaches. The Trustees will focus on our East Hampton town beaches as we have since we began our volunteer “citizen
International Water Safety Day Announcement
Hosted by the Amagansett Life -Saving and Coast Guard Station – The Amagansett Life Saving Station will host a water safety day in preparation for summer’s activities. A host of sponsors will be on hand to give expert advice on a variety of safety issues for everyone of all ages – There will be refreshments, prizes, and a lot of information for our community members! Saturday, May 20th – 11AM – 2PM at the Amagansett Life-Saving Station on Atlantic Avenue in Amagansett. International Water Safety Day Announcement

Statement from Orsted Regarding Mooring System in Use

“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.”

Images of the mooring system and a diagram are shown below.

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