October 20, 2017: This summer saw the inauguration of a pilot oyster gardening program in the village of Laurel Hollow. The program drew enthusiastic support from local residents and was led by Laurel Hollow Village Trustee Jeff Miritello. Volunteers were trained and built oyster floats and performed frequent cleaning and measuring. Last Saturday, more than a dozen volunteers placed nearly 20,000 oysters in bags to overwinter them until next season. (The remaining 10,000 oysters were released onto nearby hard bay bottom.) The oysters, which averaged 18 mm when obtained from Cornell Cooperative Extension in mid-July, grew to an average size of 60 mm by the middle of October.
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