Farming the Sea: A Youth Education Mariculture Project

by Robert J. Kent, Cooperative Extension Assoc of, Suffolk County, Riverhead, NY, USA,
Daniel Stenzler, Cooperative Extension Assoc of, Suffolk County, Riverhead, NY, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87

Abstract: The Farming The Sea program was born in response to a crisis situation that currently faces Long Island baymen, and in a desire to assist baymen while involving local youth in a community service/education program. Since the first pilot program four years ago, sixty high school-aged youth have raft-cultured and seeded bay bottoms with over 43,200 hard-shelled clams (Mercenaria mercenaria), while local officials, researchers at SUNY Stony Brook, and baymen lent support and benefited from the project. Our most recent effort involves the culture of blue mussels (Mytilus edulis), in a demonstration research project funded by a grant from the New York State Urban Development Corporation.

Subject Headings: Agriculture | Seas and oceans | Education | Business management | Ocean currents | Islands | Bays | School (K-12) | North America | United States | New York

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