First Seminar July 10th
June 7th, 2019 – The Town of Islip Department of Environmental Control is inviting students, teachers and adults 18 years and older, to be a part of an exciting oyster restoration initiative by learning how to become an oyster gardener.
Oysters are a keystone species within the marine environment, playing a vital role in the formation of a stable ecosystem, yet due to destruction from natural events, wild oyster populations in the Great South Bay have seen a decline to historic levels.
Participants in the program will attend 3 instructional seminars on the history and science of oyster aquaculture, then will head out into the field to apply that knowledge, helping to garden the world famous Blue Point Oyster. A single adult oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water each day. If just 20 participants keep a personal oyster garden of 1,000 oysters, once reaching full adulthood, their gardens could collectively filter up to 1,000,000 gallons of water each day, greatly benefitting the waters of the Great South Bay and the surrounding ecosystem.