We are a local organization dedicated to working within our community to monitor and restore Moriches Bay. The Bay was once a thriving natural habitat for shellfish, eelgrass, and many other important aquatic species. However, over the last few decades the decline in water quality has led to a majority of their disappearance.
Please help the Moriches Bay Project™ to improve the quality of our bay and make a difference you can see!
|Sep 10, 2016|
07:00AM - 04:00PM
Bike MS: East End Ride 2016
|Oct 03, 2016|
Moriches Bay Project Speaking at the Eastern LI Audubon Society
|Oct 08, 2016|
10:00AM - 06:00PM
Westhampton Kiwanis Annual Oyster Festival
|Oct 15, 2016|
East End Walk For Alzheimer’s and Fall Festival
The Moriches Bay Project has added 85,000 oysters and spat on shell to our oyster bed this month. Greg Rivara led the team which consisted of Mike Patricio and Jeff Chagnon from CCE along with young MBP volunteer Ava Prime.
We all set out on August 12th to our two oyster beds just east of the Moriches inlet. We put roughly 85,000 more oysters into the bay, totally around 150,000 oysters to date in these two beds.
We also inspected the oysters in the bed and are happy to report they are growing beautifully. Take a look at some pictures below.
What a community can do when they work together! We put 500,000 clams in the Bay!!
The Moriches Bay Project is proud to announce that Kim Tetraultfrom the Cornell SPAT program has constructed a 10 barrel floating upweller system (FLUPSY). The goal will be for this FLUPSY to act as a nursery and culture 1/2 million hard clams this year. This will be an educational FLUPSY. This is a big step for the MBP and hopefully the first of many more upwelling systems to come.
There are so many people we need to thank. First, Kim Tetrault and Greg Rivara from CCE, who believed in us and said we could make this happen and did just that, made it happen!
Secondly, Mayor Peter Sartorius and his Village of Quoque Board supported this project from the start. They welcomed us into their village with open arms.
Next, the Quoque Library who helped to promote and headed getting our volunteer program up and running.
A special thank you to Kathleen Johnson from the New York Sea Grant for believing in our project and for funding this project.
Last but not least, we thank Southampton Town Trustee President Ed Warner and his board for granting us permission to launch this FLUPSY in the Bay.
We look forward to putting 500,000 clams on the Bay bottom this fall.
The Moriches Bay Project will follow up this fall by doing a series of lecture at the library. We hope to go to the elementary and middle school to teach the students about improving water quality in our Bay, doing a hands-on demonstration and hopefully we can do on-site demonstrations about what a FLUPSY does and the benefits. Take a look at some pictures.
Victoria Dambrosia, Moriches Bay Project Director of our M.B.O.S. along with Chole Rouhandeh and Elizabeth Scianno have just installed our third M.B.O.S at the Quogue Dock.
Establishing a water monitoring network in Moriches Bay is critical to understanding the issues in our Bay. Each of the observation sites has a real-time data uplink for a wide variety of important water chemistry factors, including water level, salinity temperature, and dissolved oxygen.
These sensors will attain a baseline of existing water quality conditions throughout the Moriches Bay system and provide a method of tracking water quality improvements throughout the bay, on a continuous and real time basis.
Want to see real-time data? Go to https://www.hydrovu.com and type in the following:
• Password: kata261dora
Stay tuned for our index newsletter giving detailed information on these sites. Take a look at some pictures.
Buoy One is hosting a MS Bike race in support of Moriches Bay Project friend and supporter, Dave Girard on September 10th. Please see the flyer below.
Come out on the 10th and show your support by joining the ride or becoming a sponsor. Click the following link for more information: nationalmssociety.org
The Moriches Yacht Club is working hard to keep our oyster farm in good shape. The oysters look good and are growing. They look like they can be split in about a week. Lots of seaweed on the cages and floats. Overall the oysters look awesome. Thanks Junior Yacht Club volunteers!
The Moriches Bay Project and Kim Tetrault from CCE, along with your help, has successfully set up our oyster farm at 906 Dune Road. We have increased this farm size from 5000 oysters to 10,000 oysters. Take a look at some pictures below.
These events have been funded by Long Island Community Foundation. The Moriches Bay Project thanks them for their support.
The Moriches Bay Project, Town of Brookhaven and the Moriches Junior Members of the Yacht Club reestablished our oyster farm at the yacht club on Friday morning. This farm will hold just over 10,000 oysters. The Junior Members will maintain and care for the oyster farm under Moriches Bay Project scientist care. Click on the picture below to read the email that was sent out.
In addition, the Junior Members will be responsible for reporting back to us by taking pictures of the farm and writing a short paragraph eery week on the condition of the farm. These kids really take this responsibility very seriously and we are very appreciative of their work.