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Sea Scouts Hold "Bivalve Revival"

Sea Scout Ship 908, Southampton held the first ever "Bivalve Revival" art benefit  at 230 in Southampton on Friday night.  DANA SHAW PHOTOS
I usually refrain from responding to comments by others, but I will do so respectfully this time. To Split Rock, I never attacked the Sea Scouts. But you certainly have a distaste for Mr. McAllister. I see him at every town meeting and on Sea-TV Vh.22 sticking up for out bays and estuaries. I know your not there Split Rock.

I certainly like to believe the Scouts will do some good in the future. But from what I've seen at North Sea Harbor I am very skeptical.
By ridethetruthwave southampton on Mar 5, 13 7:14 PM
iT'S Called oyster-tecture; re-building marshes and reefs with oyster beds to protect wetlands and marine waters from upland run off and wave action. This has become a large part of environmental plannning around the world as a way to improve marine environments. NYC has had several such projects to help clean up the rivers. This is not a commercial oyster farm, it is a way to engage young people in the area with the marine environment in a positive, productive and proactive manner while hopefully improving the water quality.
By AL southampton on Mar 4, 13 9:38 PM
to Address ridethetruthwave comment
"You can have all the scallpos, oysters and clams you like but you can't eat them in a distressed wetland. "
The scouts plan is to seed the distressed wetland so that people will NOT be eating the bivalves. One adult oyster filters 50 gallons of watevr every day! Yes 50 gallons of water every day. If the sea scouts get all the oysters and clams we "like" in the areas we plan to seed the wetland will no longer be distressed. Please vivit our website and learn about our project and our plans to restore shellfish stocks not to eat but to clean up the bay. www.seascoutship908.org
By sea scout ship 908 leader southampton on Mar 3, 13 8:13 PM
Until mechanical dredging with outboard motors is banned again, as it is elsewhere, there will be no such thing as a sustainable shellfish population. No matter how many young shellfish are seeded in by well meaning do-gooders or the town trustees, dredging with motors will easily clean them out.

"Churning" has plowed up the bay bottoms to the point that there are deep trenches which have become dangerous, unseen hazards for recreational clammers and fisherman to stumble into as they wade in the waters. The constant use of powerful motors to turn over the bay bottoms in search of shellfish has chopped up underwater grasses and their root systems, destroying vital habitat, and makes it possible for every last clam in their path to be harvested so none are left behind to reproduce.

Ask any bayman what they are seeing out there and the honest answer will be "nothing". Species after species is gone. Until the commercial catch is limited and managed as it is elsewhere, which means banning "churning", there will be no chance for our stocks to regenerate. Algae blooms are not the main problem. It is the consistent overfishing, year after year. It's the elephant in the room that no one wants to talk about - and it's not going away.
By goldenrod southampton on Mar 3, 13 2:46 PM
Nice! Firstly, attacking the sea scouts is a great way to erode support for the Baykeeper organization.Unfortunately, as usual, Kevin's sense of self importance gets in the way of the message. I've always found his anointment as "THE" Baykeeper a bit hard to swallow.... in the Waterkeeper organizations that I am familiar with that title belongs to the group as a whole not an individual. Secondly there are HUNDREDS of knowledgeable individuals working with and without compensation to protect the bays and estuaries of this region. I work the Peconics and know quite a few of these people. It's hard to think of Kevin as the "first line of defense" ..Unless you consider loud and abrasive the best defense.....Sorry to be blunt but I have donated to the Baykeeper in the past and feel that I may need reconsider making any further donations.
By Split Rock North Haven on Mar 3, 13 10:02 AM
Sea Scouts? Perhaps it's time to support the Peconic Baykkeper as our first line of defense against algae blooms and leaching septic systems. You can have all the scallpos, oysters and clams you like but you can't eat them in a distressed wetland.
By ridethetruthwave southampton on Mar 2, 13 6:55 PM