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- Oyster Bay and Cold Spring Harbor.

I come to Friends of the Bay after a decade as Executive Director of the Whaling Museum in Cold Spring Harbor, and as a sailor with Oyster Bay as my home port.

Before moving to Long Island, I served as Director of Operations in maritime museums in Galveston, TX, and Philadelphia, PA.

My first career was as a master mariner, serving on traditional sailing ships, culminating with a decade on the faculty of the Sea Semester program in Woods Hole, MA, and logging some 40,000 sea miles as Captain of the sailing research vessel Westward.

Through my long association with salt water I have come to understand it (a little bit) and appreciate it (a lot.) I have been engaged in learning and teaching about its behavior and makeup, its role in the life cycles of our planet, and its role in our history, commerce, poetry and art. I am proud to now commit to Preserve, Protect and Restore our bay and harbor.

Our task is not small; the Watershed Action Plan outlines a range of current problems and potential threats.  Addressing these will require commitments of time and resources by all of us over many years. We must develop the will and the capacity to see this plan implemented, but I am confident that Friends of the Bay – with your support – will continue to lead the effort. I am proud to become a member of this accomplished and dedicated team.


Paul DeOrsay