Community Shellfish Gardening
Help Keep the Oyster in Oyster Bay (and Cold Spring Harbor) by working with family and friends and making new ones. Raising oysters improves water quality and enhances marine habitat while establishing a sustainable oyster population. Mostly though, folks are having a blast connecting with their neighbors and their local waters as they help their baby oysters grow big enough to fend for themselves (and filter up to 50 gallons of water per day).
Since 2017 hundreds of volunteers including families, scouts, church groups, students, yacht, garden and bath club members and elected officials have been raising oysters in “community gardens.” The project is led by the Oyster Bay/Cold Spring Harbor Protection Committee, along with Friends of the Bay, the Village of Laurel Hollow, the Town of Oyster Bay, Cornell Cooperative Extension and numerous other organizations. To date more than 100,000 oysters have been released into and around a spawner sanctuary in Cold Spring Harbor.
2020 Community Shellfish Gardening Fact Sheet