NYSG and Long Island Sound Study Serve Up Education at LI Oyster Fest
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Michael Ciaramella, NYSG's Seafood Specialist, and Casey Personius, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, interacting with Oyster Fest attendees from behind the Sea Grant/LI Sound Study booth. Credit: Michael Ciaramella, Jimena Beatriz Perez-Viscasillas/NYSG.


Jimena Perez-Viscasillas, Long Island Sound Study Outreach Coordinator, E: jbp255@cornell.edu, P: (631) 632-8730

Michael Ciaramella, Seafood Specialist, NYSG, E: mc2544@cornell.edu, P: (631) 632-8730

Stony Brook, NY, October 31, 2019 - New York Sea Grant (NYSG) and the Long Island Sound Study (LISS) presented "Long Island Sound trivia" at the Long Island's Oyster Fest, held on October 19th and 20th in Oyster Bay, Long Island.

Attendees stopped by to visit NYSG’s LISS outreach coordinator Jimena Beatriz Perez-Viscasillas and NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s Casey Personius spin the trivia wheel to test their knowledge of local beaches for a chance to win goodies. 

Some other activities NYSG offered up at the fest, by its seafood specialist Michael Ciaramella, included “Becoming an Aquacuturist,” where participants were challenged to build a “functional” fish farm, and “Go Fish,” from which participants learned more about the various seafood items that are commonly, or uncommonly, found on their plate.

A Oyster Fest attendee spins the "Long Island Sound trivia" wheel. Credit: Michael Ciaramella, Jimena Beatriz Perez-Viscasillas/NYSG.

More Info: Long Island Sound Study

Long Island Sound is one of the 28 nationally-designated estuaries under the NEP, which was established by Congress in 1987 to improve the quality of Long Island Sound and other places where rivers meet the sea.

The Long Island Sound Study, conducted under the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Estuary Program (NEP), is a cooperative effort between the EPA and the states of Connecticut and New York to restore and protect the Sound and its ecosystems.

For more on what you can do to make a difference, click over to the "Get Involved" or "Stewardship" sections of the Long Island Sound Study's Web site. News on the Long Island Sound Study can also be found in New York Sea Grant's related archives.

If you would like to receive Long Island Sound Study's newsletter, please visit their site's homepage and sign up for the "e-news/print newsletter" under the "Stay Connected" box.

For daily updates and tips on how you can help protect and restore Long Island Sound, please join LISS on Facebook, Twitter or, sign up for their RSS feeds.

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.

For updates on Sea Grant activities: www.nyseagrant.org has RSS, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube links. NYSG offers a free e-list sign up via www.nyseagrant.org/nycoastlines for its flagship publication, NY Coastlines/Currents, which is published quarterly. Our program also produces an occasional e-newsletter,"NOAA Sea Grant's Social Media Review," via its blog, www.nyseagrant.org/blog.

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