MBP is very happy to announce a special partnership with Proud Pour, makers of “The Oyster” – a sustainable Sauvignon Blanc that is the official wine of this year’s Oyster Fling. When you buy “The Oyster” in the East End (locations at proudpour.com) the sales will restore oysters with Moriches Bay Project.
“It is an honor to have been asked by Proud Pour owner and friend Berlin Kelly to be a part of her mission. Berlin’s passion for her work, her wine, the bay and the environment is truly inspirational and motivating. Thank you for choosing the Moriches Bay Project, we share your goal of improving our water quality. Together Proud Pour and the Moriches Bay Project will join forces to bring the local Bay back to its natural health. Let’s drink wine to improve our water!” – Laura Fabrizio
“We are so excited to begin working with MBP. My vision for Proud Pour launched with a goal to connect people back to their local habitat. On any given night, New Yorkers spend over $10 million on alcohol, yet our waters are too polluted to even go swimming. Proud Pour was created to cheers to change, and Moriches Bay Project is the perfect local grassroots organization to really get the community involved.” – Berlin Kelly
Proud Pour is a “not-focused-on-profit” company dedicated to restoring oysters. Every bottle of “The Oyster” Sauvignon Blanc funds the restoration of 100 oysters on average across the projects they support. In the 16 months since launching, Proud Pour has restored 2.4 million oysters in 4 states, which are cleaning 73.4 million gallons of water every day.
Since being established in 2012, MBP has successfully installed 150,000 oysters in Moriches Bay, and is on target to grow that number to 200,000 by summer’s end. In addition, MBP has planted numerous eel grass beds throughout the bay, established a watering monitoring program, has hosted educational workshops at school districts from William Floyd to Westhampton, sponsored educational outreach workshops, mentored school children and scouting groups and participated in a number of community activities such as parades and festivals where they have been successful in spreading the word about their work. MBP has made these accomplishments thanks to its partnerships with the Town of Southampton, the Southampton Trustees, the Town of Brookhaven, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and Stony Brook University.