The Moriches Bay Project is a small grass roots not for profit 501c3 project with a big heart and a lot of determination. Our mission is to improve the quality of the water in Moriches Bay and turn it back to its natural state of health. We do this through oyster farming and eel grass planting. We are dedicated to bring awareness to the local community and educate our children. We all live, work or play on the Bay we all have a responsibility to care for it.
Since being established in 2012 by longtime residents and friends Aram Terchunian and Laura Fabrizio and Westhampton native Dwight Surgan, MBP has been planting oysters in Moriches Bay. They have done this through partnerships with Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Southampton Town Trustees and Brookhaven Town. Their goal is to continue to double the amount of oysters each year. One oyster filters up to 50 gallons of water per day!
In 2012, the Moriches Bay Project put 50,000 oysters in the Bay, created 2 oyster farms, holding up to 5,000 oysters each and established the first oyster bed in Moriches Bay.
In 2017, with the generous support of local businesses and sponsors such as LICF, the Moriches Bay Project made many important accomplishments. Specifically, we put more than 400,000 oysters in the bay, filtering 21.5 million gallons of water each day. We removed 478 pounds of nitrogen from the bay, engaged 4,696 people in helping to improve water quality in the bay and installed the first solar F.L.U.P.S.Y. to date, in Moriches Bay.
As of today the Moriches Bay Project has established:
- 4 oyster farms, each farm can hold between 10,000 – 20,000 oysters
- 4 F.L.U.P.S.Y. (upwellers), each upweller can hold up to 100,000 oysters and up to 500,000 clams
- Established 3 oysters beds (one of these beds is a sanctuary)
- Establish 4 M.B.O.S (real time water monitoring stations).
- Put over 800,000 oysters in the Bay.
- We are more then doubling our efforts every year.