Forum to Explore Ways to Help Raise Oysters

Residents are invited to learn more about restoring shellfish in local waters at a presentation Tuesday at Huntington Town Hall.

The Huntington Rotary Club, which has been deeply involved in work to clean the waters and add to the biodiversity through oyster beds, is sponsoring the forum, which will feature aquaculture experts from Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Volunteers work with professionals to help grow oyster larvae attached to shells, known as spat on shell, at nursery docks. After growing,  they are  moved to designated spots, to create “spawner sanctuaries” that will spread more larvae throughout the Huntington-Northport waters.

The project also helps sustain the commercial fishing industry.

Scheduled to speak at Tuesday’s 6 p.m. forum are Kim Tetrault, founder and director of the Suffolk Project in Aquaculture Training, and Demetrios Caroussos, who operates a research hatchery  at Flax Pond Marine Laboratory in Stony Brook.

The presentation will include information on how residents can volunteer to assist with the program.


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