Marine Meadows Workshop

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County will offer a Marine Meadows Program workshop on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Tiana Bayside Facility, at 89 Dune Road in Hampton Bays. The public has been invited to participate.

Participants will gather at the facility to weave eelgrass shoots, which were harvested from healthy donor meadows in local waters, into burlap planting discs. Once assembled, trained Cornell Cooperative Extension Marine Program staff will plant the discs at designated restoration sites in the bays. The newly created marine meadows will serve as important habitat for many species of finfish and shellfish and help enhance the health and productivity of local bays.  

All members of the community, from individuals to school and scouting groups, have been invited to join Cornell Cooperative officials in this effort. Registration is free but has been requested in advance via tianammw.eventbrite. com.

Additional workshops in East Hampton, Moriches, and Bellport and are planned this fall. The full schedule is at marinemeadows.org. For more information on the Marine Meadows Program, Kimberly Barbour, Cornell Cooperative’s marine program outreach manager, can be contacted at 631-461-5294 or kp237@cornell.edu.