Friends of the Bay conducts water quality monitoring in Oyster Bay and Cold Spring Harbor, sponsors community events on the water and beach and works with citizens and local government for wetland restoration and habitat protection
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Research: Impacts of Hydraulic Shellfish Harvesters

Impacts of Mechanical Harvesting of Shellfish Friends of the Bay is currently researching the scientific literature available on the environmental impacts of mechanical shellfish harvesters.  Links to the most relevant papers we have found to date can be found below. In its Bayville hatchery, Frank M. Flower and Sons  reports that they annually raise approximately...

From Our New Executive Director

I am tremendously excited to join Friends of the Bay as its new Executive Director.  I have spent my life engaged with the sea in various ways; Working with Friends of the Bay is my chance to give something back, to devote my energy to the health of our very special piece of the sea-...
Conditional Shellfish Openings

Conditional Shellfish Openings

Based on current weather predictions, the Oyster Bay Harbor conditional harvest area is expected to re-open on Wednesday, January 23, 2013. Please Note: More than 0.25 inches of rain within a 24 hour period or any malfunction of the Oyster Bay Wastewater Treatment plant may delay the re-opening of the this conditional harvest program. You...

Hempstead Harbor (North Shore ONLY) Reopened to Shellfishing

DEC CONTINUES TO RE-OPEN SHELLFISHING AREAS NORTH SHORE AREAS IN NASSAU COUNTY AVAILABLE FOR HARVESTING The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced it has rescinded temporary emergency shellfish closures that were implemented in response to the coastal flooding and power outages caused by Hurricane Sandy.  DEC had initially implemented the shellfishing...

Nassau County Water Safe to Drink

Robert McEvoy, president of the Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners Association (NSWCA) called the Atlanta-based Weather Channel after a recent report suggested that the public water in Nassau County was unsafe to drink due to salt water intrusion because of the recent storm.  He said they were bombarded with calls from concerned citizens. Mr. McEvoy told...