NYSG Summer 2018 Intern Encourages Support for Local Fishing Businesses
Marine Fisheries Resource Center - News


Antoinette Clemetson, NYSG's Fisheries Specialist, E: aoc5@cornell.edu, P: 631-632-8737

Stony Brook, NY, July 2, 2018 - July is Seafood Month at the Long Island Welcome Center.

New York Sea Grant is partnering with CCE Nassau County to organize an information desk, which is available throughout July to distribute information about local seafood choices and seafood production, as follows:

  • Finfish and Shellfish Species
  • Commercial Fishing Ports
  • Method Used to Harvest Seafood
  • Shellfish Wild Harvesting and Cultivation
  • Commercial Fish Harvesting

Two special evening programs are being organized to highlight Oyster Farming and Commercial Fishing. Each session will include a moderated discussion with a fishermen who works in the respective sector, supplemented by an interpretive display. A seafood meal cooking demonstration by a local chef involved in the Farm to Table movement will conclude the evening session.

Please visit the facility on Tuesdays or Thursdays to chat with the Seafood Ambassador, Susanna Osinski, who is pictured below at the Center.  Be sure to follow us on social media for more updates and seafood trivia!

More Info: Long Island Welcome Center

The Long Island Welcome Center is a 15,200-square-foot ode to the island, complete with a starry walk of fame (featuring the names of famous Long Islanders from Theodore Roosevelt to Billy Joel), a floor-sized map, historical artifacts and photo opportunities in an airy space that evokes the area’s nautical landscape and natural beauty.

The center, at eastbound Exit 51-52 on the Long Island Expressway, opened on Oct. 20, 2016 and is expected to welcome nearly 8,000 people a day. It is emblematic of New York State’s unprecedented investment in tourism, which has now reached a record $102 billion in total economic impact.

“Tourism and agriculture are critical drivers of the Long Island economy and with the new Welcome Center, we are making smart investments to support these industries throughout the region,” says NY Governor Andrew Cuomo. “With a Taste NY store to raise the profile of Long Island’s quality food and craft beverages, and interactive I LOVE NY kiosks to engage visitors and connect them with Long Island’s rich history and boundless recreational opportunities, this state-of-the-art Welcome Center represents the very best that Long Island has to offer. This project serves as a metaphor for the growth the region has seen in recent years and I am proud to see this project completed.”

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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