Farmingville, NY – On May 20, Supervisor Ed Romaine (center right) and Councilmember Jonathan Kornreich (center left) were at Port Jefferson Harbor during the harvest of Sugar Kelp with members of the Setauket Harbor Task Force (SHTF), including Trustee George Hoffman (left) and Chairwoman Laurie Vetere. The SHTF and Brookhaven Town Bay constables harvested over 200 lbs. of sugar kelp which was placed in mesh bags and weighed. It was then sent to Stony Brook University marine sciences labs for analysis. The Setauket Harbor Task Force is a local non-profit environmental association that promotes clean water and resilient harbors. On November 19, 2020 the Brookhaven Town Board adopted Resolution 2020-0609, classifying the sugar kelp project in Setauket Harbor as a "Program for Public Good.” The benefits of growing and harvesting Sugar Kelp in local harbors are many and include:
In December 2020 the Setauket Harbor Task Force with the assistance of the Town of Brookhaven Bay Constables, dropped mooring anchors and set up the kelp growing field’s area in Setauket Harbor. In January 2021, they attached the kelp seedlings to a line just under the surface of the water between buoys in Setauket Harbor.