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Monday, 16 January 2017 23:04

Bunker Management

As anyone fishing or boating (or paying attenton to local news) in 2016 knew, it was a big year for Atlantic Menhaden (aka Bunker) in Long Island's estuaries. In fact, the past few years have seen increasing numbers of the ecologically important fish throughout their range. The Bunker boon, experts say, is largely the result of harvest limits put in place several years ago. In 2017, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission will be finalizing plans for their future management. After particpating in hearings and a range of discussions and meetings about the issue, Seatuck submitted the following comments on…
Monday, 16 January 2017 22:56

Comments on NYS Sea Level Rise Projections

Click here for a PDF of Seatuck's comment letter. *  *  *  *  *  * Mark Lowery NYS DEC - Office of Climate Change 625 Broadway  Albany, NY 12233-1030 Re: Comments on Proposed Part 490 Dear Mr. Lowery, We submit these comments on behalf of Seatuck Environmental Association, Inc. (“Seatuck”), a nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving Long Island wildlife and the environment. The organization advocates for conservation policy across Long Island and operates two coastal, public nature centers: the Suffolk County Environmental Center in Islip, where Seatuck is based, and the South Shore Nature Center in East Islip. On a…
Friday, 16 December 2016 10:22

Methoprene Spraying

The 2017 Work Plan for Suffolk County DPW's Vector Control Division is currently before the Suffolk County Legislature for Approval. The plan includes the controvrersial spaying of methoprene to control larval stage mosquitos. While Seatuck supports Vector Control's efforts to educate the public and to restore coastal marshes, we submitted the following comments in opposition to the methoprene component of the plan. The Legislature's Public Works, Transportation & Energy Committee approved the plan on Monday, December 12. The matter will be before the full Legislature on Tuesday, December 20. Written or in-person comments from the public are urged! PDF of…
Monday, 24 October 2016 21:30

Comments on FIMP

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finally released their long-awaited Fire Island to Montauk Point (FIMP) plan earlier this year. The plan, which will (hopefully) come with more than $1 billion in funding, will have a significant impact on Long Island coastal policy for many decades to come. It is especially important for Fire Island and the Great South Bay. For these reasons, Seatuck invested a good deal time in reviewing the documents (thousands of pages worth!) and meeting with Army Corps and other public officials to fully understand the implications of the plan's various components. Read our full comments…
Thursday, 18 August 2016 00:51

Joining the Clam Survey

Seatuck intern Julie Bozzo helped out with the Town of Brookhaven's annual clam survey this summer. She filed the following report on her experience on the clam survey barge:   The Town of Brookhaven has been conducting shellfish surveys, particularly for hard shell clams, for the last 31years, beginning in 1985. These surveys contain data on clam population demographics in a variety of geographic points in the Great South Bay. Unfortunately, due to poor water quality and overharvesting, the clam population sizes have severely decreased over the course of this survey. The hope is that clam numbers will rebound by…
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 23:12

Comments on Plastic Bag Ban

R.E.: Introductory Resolution 1207 – A Local Law Prohibiting the Distribution of Plastic Carryout Bags Used in Retail Sales - Submitted to Suffolk County Legislature, March 2016 On behalf of the several hundred members of the Seatuck Environmental Association (“Seatuck”), we are writing to express our support for I.R. 1207, which prohibits the distribution of plastic carryout bags used in retails sales. Seatuck is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, founded in 1989, which is dedicated to conserving Long Island wildlife and the environment. In pursuing our mission Seatuck advocates for conservation policy, conducts citizen-science research projects and offer a wide-ranging environmental…
Thursday, 18 February 2016 11:39

Comments on Nitrogen Plan

In January, NYDEC and the Long Island Regional Planning Council (LIRPC) released a Conceptual Draft Scope for the Long Island Nitrogen Action Plan that sets forth goals, planning structure and tentative schedules & tasks designed to reduce the levels of nitrogen in the waters around Long Island. A series of public meetings were held in early February to present the plan and take public comment. Seatuck recently submited its comments, which can be downloaded here. One key component of Seatuck's comments is a recommendation that the NYDEC and LIRPC include an effort to increase circulation and ocean exchange in the Great South…
Monday, 19 October 2015 19:28

Blue Jays & Acorns

"A blue jay with an acorn in its mouth, flying to locate a spot to store it for future consumption. Notice the distended throat, an indication the bird has stored a few more acorns in its gular sac, a special pouch in its throat used to store food". Come the cooler weather many wildlife species begin to harvest and store as a strategy to prepare them for the oncoming winter, when food supplies are much reduced. Observing the interesting behaviors of animals as they undertake this critically important task can be a fun part of your autumn outdoor experience. The…
Tuesday, 29 September 2015 22:16

Seatuck Comments on Fire Island Plan

On the occassion of the 50th Anniversary of the Fire Island National Seashore, the National Park Service is in the process of updating its "General Management Plan" for the National Seashore and setting a course for the next fifty years The draft GMP, which was released earlier this year, was open for public comment until September 17, 2015 (although we've heard they're unofficially extended the deadline because of some website difficulty - comments can be submitted to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Seatuck submitted comments urging the Park Service to adhere to the National Seashore’s original and primary purpose to preserve the island’s natural resources. While…
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