Cornell Cooperative Extension and Town Shellfish Hatchery to Host Paddle and Seeding Event

Collaboration between the Cornell Cooperative Extension's marine program, the East Hampton Town Shellfish Hatchery, and the Great Peconic Race Committee will take off on Tuesday with the first event in the Cooperative's Back to the Bays series designed to enhance shellfish populations and increase marine habitats.

Recreational paddlers at all levels have been invited to participate in the first event by paddling from Gann Road to Sedge Island in Three Mile Harbor and planting 100,000 seed hard clams into the water at a designated site. Bay Kitchen Bar, a restaurant on Three Mile Harbor, will offer the paddlers food after the seeding. This year's Great Peconic Race is for advanced paddlers, who will circumnavigate Shelter Island on Sept. 9, with proceeds going to the Cooperative.

Interested participants have been asked to register by going to gprclampaddle.eventbrite.com. They will meet at the end of Gann Road at 5:15 p.m., and the paddle will begin at 5:30. Paddlers will be asked to bring their own kayak or paddleboard, but those who do not own their own can reserve rental equipment from Paddle Diva by calling 631-329-2999.

Future events in the series will include building new oyster beds off Havens Beach in Sag Harbor on Aug. 21 and an eelgrass restoration workshop on Sept. 9 at Wade's Beach on Shelter Island, coinciding with the Great Peconic Race.