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Preserving Eelgrass And Shellfish Topic Of Two Lectures At Marine Museum

Originally Posted: January 24, 2008

East Hampton - The East Hampton Town Trustees and The East Hampton Historical Society will host two environmental lectures at the East Hampton Marine Museum.

The first lecture, scheduled for Friday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m., will address "Eelgrass: What Is It and Why Should We Care." This lecture will be conducted by Chris Pickerell of the Cornell Cooperative Education Marine Program, who will discuss the natural history, habitat value and current distribution of eelgrass in local waters. Special emphasis will be placed on recent restoration efforts in Long Island Sound and the South Shore Estuary Reserve.

The second lecture, "Shellfish Aquaculture in East Hampton; Then, Now and Beyond," will be held Friday, Feb. 29, also at 7 p.m. This lecture is being conducted by members of the East Hampton Town Shellfish Hatchery, who will review over 100 years of shellfish aquaculture on the East End, with a focus on East Hampton's public shellfish enhancement and restoration programs over the last two decades. Future prospects for pubic and private efforts will also be highlighted.

The Marine Museum is located at 301 Bluff Road in Amagansett. Both lectures will be preceded by a wine and cheese reception to begin at 6:30 p.m. For additional information, call 267-8688.

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