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Great Ecology is currently permitting a coastal erosion control plan developed by project partner EcoShore International to halt and ideally reverse continued coastal erosion at a beach in East Hampton, NY. The beach has lost hundreds of feet of depth over the last century and is putting current homeowners along the beach at risk of losing their homes within a decade. Read Complete Article
Terrapin Excluder Devices (TEDs) are now required on crab pots placed in shallow coastal waters. Available FREE of charge, courtesy @JohnTurner of Seatuck Environmental Association at the East Hampton Town Trustees offices located on the corner of Bluff Road and Atlantic Avenue in Amagansett. Please call in advance to pick one up due to the pandemic restrictions. 631-267-8688. For additional information contact Seatuck Environmental Association offices: 631-581-6908. NYSDEC Terrapin Excluder Devices (TEDs) Flyer
The dredging of Georgica Pond is done annually by the East Hampton Town Trustees. A permit from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, (NYSDEC) provides for 15,000 cubic yards of sand to be removed from the mouth and 950 cubic yards of sand to be removed from Georgica Cove. Every year during the winter months the ocean currents, waves, and wind fill the lower portion of the pond with sand. The dredging of the bottom of the pond helps to balance the influx of sand from the ocean. Large amounts of sand that accumulate in the pond reduces the necessary circulation
Coastal populations are experiencing relative sea-level rise up to four times faster than the global average—according to new research from the University of East Anglia. A new study published today in Nature Climate Change is the first to analyse global sea-level rise combined with measurements of sinking land. Read the complete article in
The Suffolk County Legislature unanimously approved a 10-year extension of the Suffolk County Aquaculture Lease Program (SCALP) in Peconic and Gardiners bays on March 2, implementing a series of new restrictions and protocols but keeping in place a program that has jumpstarted the aquaculture industry on the East End over the past 10 years. Read the entire article in the East End Beacon East End Beacon
Researchers have developed a method to estimate the value of oyster and clam aquaculture to nitrogen reduction in a coastal community. Nitrogen is a nutrient that comes from many different sources, including agriculture, fertilizers, septic systems, and treated wastewater. In excess it fuels algal growth, which can affect water quality and human health. Collecting oysters in Greenwich, Connecticut. Credit: Steve Arnott As a result, a growing number of communities are required to follow regulations to reduce the amount of nitrogen they release. Shellfish are an option that can be a valuable part of a community’s nutrient management plan. Read the
Virtual 30th Annual Clam Contest Digging Dates: September 12 through September 19 Judging: Sunday, September 20   Only holders of a valid East Hampton Town Shellfish License may enter.   Parents may enter clams for children between the ages of 4 & 14; write their name and age, in addition to their own on each entry card.All clams entered must be caught in certified waters in East Hampton Town, between the dates of Saturday, September 12th and September 19th.Only “Hard Clams” (“Mercenaria, mercenaria”) are eligible.Contestants must comply with all shellfishing regulations.A maximum of one clam per contestant, per day may be entered.Competing

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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