Big upgrades are coming to Mount Sinai Harbor thanks to a hefty New York State grant.
Under Governor Cuomo’s New York Shellfish initiative, Cedar Beach’s Mariculture Facility received a $400,000 grant by the New York State DEC to improve and expand services.
At the Brookhaven Town-owned property, the funding will be used for the following upgrades and improvements: new or expanded water intake systems, algal culture systems, larval culture systems, broodstock conditioning, spawning and holding systems, setting tanks and systems, nursery (juvenile seed) culture equipment and systems, and field grow-out systems for juvenile (seed) shellfish that are expected to yield approximately 12 million hard clam seed and 3 million oysters (spat-on-shell) by 2019, according to the town.
The award from the DEC was announced on Wednesday, June 20, by Brookhaven’s Supervisor Ed Romaine.
“Shellfish are vital to the health of our waterways,” Romaine said in a statement. “I thank Governor Cuomo and the New York State DEC for recognizing the Town of Brookhaven for everything we do to preserve and protect the environment.”
The Mariculture Facility produces approximately 1.5 million oysters and over a million clams each year, town officials said. Those shellfish are in turn sold to local nurseries or donated to shellfish restoration groups in places like Bellport.
“The scope of work at our Mariculture Facility has expanded over the years and we need to upgrade the system,” said Councilwoman Jane Bonner.
In addition to Brookhaven Town, the towns of East Hampton, Islip and Hempstead also received grant money to help increase shellfish populations to help clean local bodies of water.
Top: (L-R) North Babylon biology teacher John Jaeger, Councilwoman Jane Bonner, and Supervisor Ed Romaine at Cedar Beach. (Courtesy photo.)