In Media: Sea Grant's Taste of NY Intern Takes on Seafood Month
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Dix Hills, NY, March 4, 2019 - Susanna Osinski (pictured in inset photo above) was one of three students from Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) department who served as interns in Nassau County.

"Each CALS Intern has not only helped to connect Cornell University to Nassau County but more importantly has had a tremendous impact on our local educational efforts," said Gregory Sandor, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County Executive Director.

CCE Nassau County partnered with New York Sea Grant to organize an information desk (pictured above) at the Long Island Welcome Center. Osinski staffed this desk within the Taste NY Marketplace to promote July's Seafood Month at the Center, where demonstrations and tastings were held by local Seafood producers (including Chuck Tekula and Blue Island Oysters).

"These Summer CALS Interns have made a very tangible impact on our work and we would like to take this opportunity to thank each of them," said Sandor.

With the help of Taste NY's summer intern and NYSG Seafood Ambassador, "we raised awareness of our local Fishing Industry, fishing techniques, fish portion sizes, fish native to Long Island and oyster shucking," said James Trejos, Taste NY Interim Market Manager. "The Fishing Industry in NY has been so important in the development of Long Island, encouraging the construction of the Long Island Rail Road which has now become vital to our local sustainability."

For more on NYSG's summer intern, see: "NYSG Summer 2018 Intern Encourages Support for Local Fishing Businesses" (July 2018) and "Seafood Awareness Month at Taste New York Market Place" (March 2019).

Portions of this news item were published in Cornell University / CooperativeExtension-Nassau County Summer 2018 newsletter. CCE-Nassau County's quarterly newsletter features content on Long Island gardening, pro tips and ways to live better.

Visitors to Long Island's Welcome Center got a treat from Taste NY in July 2018, which was seafood month. Credit: CCE-Nassau County.

More Info: New York Sea Grant

New York Sea Grant (NYSG), a cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York (SUNY), is one of 33 university-based programs under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Sea Grant College Program.

Since 1971, NYSG has represented a statewide network of integrated research, education and extension services promoting coastal community economic vitality, environmental sustainability and citizen awareness and understanding about the State’s marine and Great Lakes resources.

Through NYSG’s efforts, the combined talents of university scientists and extension specialists help develop and transfer science-based information to many coastal user groups—businesses and industries, federal, state and local government decision-makers and agency managers, educators, the media and the interested public.

The program maintains Great Lakes offices at Cornell University, SUNY Buffalo, SUNY Oswego and the Wayne County Cooperative Extension office in Newark. In the State's marine waters, NYSG has offices at Stony Brook University in Long Island, Brooklyn College and Cornell Cooperative Extension in NYC and Kingston in the Hudson Valley.

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