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$1.3M awarded for Sea Grant Research in NY’s Coastal Environment, Economies and Communities

$1.3M awarded for Sea Grant Research in NY’s Coastal Environment, Economies and Communities


New York Sea Grant (NYSG), which has funded eight research projects totaling $1.3 million, has awarded nearly $1.3 Million to support them. The principal investigator at ESF is looking into opportunities for aquaculture and how they relate to the perceptions of ecosystem benefits from oysters.

All stakeholders and community members share the common goal of restoring healthy oyster populations to New York’s harbors and other marine waters. There can be other objectives for oyster restoration as well, such as better water quality and habitat restoration, or thriving populations of seafood.

Dr. Joshua Drew will lead a research team that interviews community stakeholders to determine what they value most about oysters and the ecosystem service they provide. The results will help to identify areas of collaboration and commonality, and minimize potential disagreements for mutually beneficial management or restoration efforts. The work is expected to be completed by 2024.

Drew stated, “We are playing to our strengths by developing a team capable of looking at this issue of aquaculture facilities and oysters in general can benefit people on Long Island.”

Other projects in NYSG’s latest research suite-which is led by principal investigators at Stony Brook University and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County Hofstra University, University at Buffalo, Hofstra University, Hofstra University, and University at Buffalo-focus on issues including fish and Shellfish Habitat, Aquaculture, and Rip Currents Education. Read on for more information The complete NYSG Press Release.

New York Sea Grant, a cooperative program of Cornell University under the NOAA National Sea Grant College Program, is a joint effort of State University of New York (SUNY) and Cornell University. New York Sea Grant has been providing integrated research, education and extension services to coastal communities since 1971. Find out more at

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