Friends of Bellport Bay is seeking support for their oyster garden initiative.
In collaboration with the Town, County and State, FoBB volunteers will install a small oyster garden in the bay along the shoreline, which will have the capacity to grow up to 15,000 oysters per season.
During the oyster-growing season, FoBB will host educational field trips to the garden for both children and adults.
Once the oysters reach maturity, they will be collected from the garden and planted on the bay bottom where they will continue to prosper.
An adult oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of bay water per day and is able to digest harmful nitrogen from the water column and deposit it as a solid on the bay bottom, where it becomes fertilizer for such bay-bottom plants as eel grass.
To date, FoBB has planted over 410,000 shellfish in Bellport Bay.