Entenmann Backs Major Campaign for Long Island Wildlife
Prominent Naturalists Named To Spearhead Initiative
Islip, NY. August 21, 2015 - The Seatuck Environmental Association recently launched its new "Campaign for Long Island Wildlife."
The policy initiative -- several months in the planning -- is island-wide in scope, but will have a focus on the Great South Bay and the region's other estuaries. It is being supported by Charles Entenmann, a retired Bay Shore businessman, long-time champion of the Great South Bay and advocate for the health of Long Island's coastal waters.
The "Campaign for Long Island Wildlife" is a multi-faceted approach to maintaining and restoring healthy natural systems necessary for Long Island wildlife.
Seatuck has added two noted Long Island environmental advocates to work on the campaign. John Turner, co-founder of the Long Island Pine Barrens Society and former head of Brookhaven's Department of Environmental Protection, will spearhead the overall campaign. Byron Young, a retired NYDEC fisheries biologist, will work on river herring restoration and other marine issue.
"We are very fortunate to have John and Byron on board," says Enrico Nardone, Executive Director of Seatuck, "they're two of Long Island's great conservation champions. They're well-respected across the region and have long track records of fighting for wildlife."
The work of the campaign will fall into five main categories of focus including water quality, barrier islands, tributaries, salt marshes and wildlife. Each category will have own action items and anticipated results, and will support the overall goal of healthier and cleaner environment for the people and wildlife on Long Island.
"When the elements of the campaign are fully implemented, we will have taken a significant step forward in protecting the natural environment, upon which the people and wildlife of Long Island depend," says Mr. Turner.
Two new horseshoe crab protection measures that Governor Cuomo signed into law on August 17, 2015 illustrate the potential of Seatuck's new campaign. Seatuck was at the forefront of proposing the legislation and strongly advocated for its passage earlier this year. The laws extend DEC (Department of Environmental Conservation) authority to regulate the horseshoe crab fishery while requiring the agency to consider additional strategies to more effectively protect long-term crab conservation.
These laws hold the promise of ushering in a new era in the way horseshoe crabs are managed. They'll move New York towards the goal of reducing the overall horseshoe crab harvest and safeguarding their important role in the coastal ecosystem, while minimizing impact to local conch and eel fisheries which currently use the crabs for bait.
Following the presentation was a BBQ in recognition of volunteers for the association and participants of Seatuck's citizen science programs.