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Moriches Bay Project 2017 Annual Report

Your oyster investment continues to pay the dividend of cleaner water and healthier bays. The Moriches Bay Project is poised for our best year yet, with your continued support.

Please read our 2017 Annual Report and consider donating today for a healthier Moriches Bay in 2018.

One of our key new initiatives will be to install a FLUPSY in Moniebougue Bay along with a water quality station that will measure Nitrogen 24/7, 365 days a year.

This will require an investment of $45,000 and if approved will begin the restoration of one of the most impaired water bodies in Southampton. This FLUPSY will also be the first aluminum FLUPSY in Moriches Bay.

Please consider supporting all or some this critical initiative.

We are humbled by the tremendous outpouring of passion of all our partners, including local businesses, volunteers, students and generous donors.

Our Moriches Bay will continue to rebound because of you.

Thank you from the bottom of each oyster’s little heart!

Laura J. Fabrizio
Aram V. Terchunian
James N. Hulme
Dwight M. Surgan

Download 2017 Annual Report

College Essay Final

The Little Oyster That Could

When people think of oysters, they often think of pearls or, perhaps, a seafood dish. But I see oysters as so much more. I see a powerful force for change in one tiny, compact body.

This past summer and the summer before, I managed an oyster farm through the Moriches Bay Project. The farm began with ten thousand baby oysters the size of pencil erasers, in ten floating cages. We plant them in late June, and once a week, I shake their cages, flip them over, brush off all the algae and fight off carnivorous crabs. Eventually, as the summer progresses, I watch them grow to be size of large golf balls. I have a pretty simple job, but it is key for the oysters’ survival. If my farm is successful, my oysters will improve water quality in Moriches Bay, because each one can filter up to 50 gallons of water per day. It’s astounding how one tiny creature can have such a huge impact on the environment.

I have been lucky enough to grow up on Long Island, with the luxurious sand and salty cold bay as my playground, stomping around in thigh-high waders, exploring, catching, touching and splashing for hours on end. When I was little, the bay gave me hours of wonder and entertainment. However, in my lifetime, I have seen a change in the quality of the water. There is noticeably more pollution, and the bay is not as clear as it used to be. One year, I saw thousands of silvery fish, floating motionless on the surface of the Shinnecock Bay. My dad explained how an overgrowth of certain plants had killed them, and because they were dead, other marine life would also be affected. It wasn’t until many years later that I learned what “red tides” and “brown tides” were, and that by living near the water in a home with a septic system, I was unknowingly contributing to the problem. This upset me. This was my home, my water, and I could not allow the pollution to be my doing. Witnessing the decrease in the water quality ignited a spark in me; I decided that something had to change and that I wanted to be a part of that change. I wanted to be a part of the solution.

Working with the Moriches Bay Project has been so meaningful to me because I’m helping to preserve something that has shaped me and added so much to my life. Some people litter and argue, “It’s just one wrapper; it will not make a difference.” But when that is said on a global scale, by millions of people, it does make a difference. Conversely, the same can be said about oysters. One oyster can only filter 50 gallons of water per day, but ten thousand oysters can filter five hundred thousand gallons of water, and that can have a huge impact on quality of the inlets. Many people who live on Moriches Bay have no idea the oysters are even there, cleaning the water they swim in and look at every day. They have no idea that I am one little person quietly scrubbing oyster cages, and because of my work, the environment around them will improve. The residents can’t see the impact yet, but as this project and other environmental projects expand, I know that the results will be noticeable.

There are few things I know for sure in life, but one of them is that I want to be like an oyster, quietly making a difference in the world. I may not be the most outspoken or powerful person in the room, but I know the impact I am capable of. Like the oysters I raise, I will leave the world a better place.

Save the Date: 4th Annual "Save the Bay" Oyster Fling

June 23, 2018 will be the date of our 4th Annual "Save the Bay" Oyster Fling! Lots of exciting information to follow. We hope to see you there!

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Moriches Bay Project Goes to Moriches Elementary School

The Moriches Bay Project went to Moriches Elementary School and talked to the students about the importance of oysters! See the pictures from this fun day.

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Moriches Bay Project and CCE Suffolk County Marine Environmental Learning Center

The Moriches Bay Project team members recently visited Cornell Cooperative Extension's Suffolk County Marine Environmental Learning Center located at Cedar Beach in Southold. We were lucky to spend time talking with Otto Schmid. Thank you to Cornell Co-op for having us!

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