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Long Island’s Oyster Harvest Season to Officially Open

Local shellfish industry booms again, after overharvesting, Hurricane Sandy wiped it out.

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East Islip, NY - September 24, 2014 - Islip Town Supervisor Tom Croci  and other officials will join local baymen and oyster growers in a press conference Today, Wednesday Sept. 24, 2014 at 11 a.m. on the Great South Bay to officially kick off the Long island oyster harvest season. They will discuss the comeback of the vital, but hard hit local oyster industry whose recovery was cut short by Hurricane Sandy. Long Island’s Great South Bay is the home of the Blue Point Oyster, the most famous oyster in the world. Oyster growing provide important revenues for the town and helps purify the waters of the Great South Bay.
The successful re-launch of the town’s now-private hatchery and strong interest among bay men in bay bottom leases (the town has a lengthy waiting list) has spurred the comeback, creating the potential for an industry generating tens of millions of dollars in revenues and cleansing the bay of nitrogen.
WHEN: Today, Sept. 24, 2014, 11 a.m.
WHERE:  Great Atlantic Shellfish Farms LLC
(Former Town of Islip Shellfish Hatchery)
333 Bayview Ave, (Town Marina)
East Islip, NY 11730
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