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Shellapaloosa! ~ A Weekend-Long Oyster Celebration Hosted by Half Shells for Habitat & Seatuck Environmental Association

August 5 @ 8:00 pm - August 8 @ 8:00 pm

Half Shells for Habitat (H4H), which was initiated by Seatuck and a host of partners in 2018, is an island-wide program to recover oyster shells for use in marine habitat restoration efforts. The shells provide a vitally important substrate on which young oysters, or “spat,” can attach and grow. They also help to combat coastal acidification by returning calcium carbonate to the water.

The program operates through partnerships with the towns of Islip, Brookhaven, and Hempstead. To date, the program has recovered over 90,000 pounds of waste oyster shells. The shells are collected from local restaurants and festivals by volunteers, cleaned and cured for one year, then utilized for spat-on-shell oyster reef restoration or as the base for reef and shoreline stabilization. Over 17,000 pounds of oyster shells have already been provided to living oyster reef restoration projects in Great South Bay, Moriches Bay, and Shinnecock Bay.

This year, Half Shells for Habitat is proud to host the first-ever “Shellapaloosa!” This weekend-long oyster shell celebration will kick off on National Oyster Day (August 5th, 2021) with a Zoom webinar titled, “Restaurants to Restoration: The Story of a Recycled Oyster Shell”. This webinar will cover the entire process of oyster shell recycling on Long Island from the people who know it best. Speakers include Ed Romaine, Brookhaven Town Supervisor, Michael Doall, Associate Director for Bivalve Restoration at Stony Brook University’s School of Marine & Atmospheric Sciences, Maureen Dunn, Seatuck’s Water Quality Scientist and Half Shells for Habitat Director, Richard Remmer, Attorney, Restauranteur, and Conservationist, and Arielle Santos, Seatuck’s Policy Program Coordinator and Half Shells for Habitat Volunteer Coordinator.

Not only will webinar attendees have the opportunity to learn the who, what, where, and why, about oyster shell recycling, they will also receive a 15% discount “oyster voucher” to be redeemed at Shellapaloosa restaurant sponsors on an order of oysters! Restaurant sponsors include The Snapper Inn, The Fish Store, Blue Point Brew Pub, JT’s on the Bay, and The Cull House. The Zoom webinar is free, but registration is required. Oyster vouchers can be redeemed within the duration of the event, starting at 8 p.m. on August 5 to 8 p.m. on August 8, 2021.

About the Author

Shoshanna M.

Shoshanna McCollum is editor of Fire Island News. Author of two books, and award-winning journalist for multiple Fire Island and South Shore Long Island publications since 2000, she resides year round on Fire Island with her husband and many cats.


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