Farmingville, NY – -On May 25, Councilmember Jonathan Kornreich was at Port Jefferson Harbor to assist the Setauket Harbor Task Force during their spring sugar kelp harvest. Sugar Kelp is a brown-colored native seaweed that thrives in the cold waters of the Long Island Sound and other areas of the northeast. Kelp is an excellent dietary source of fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, iron, calcium, magnesium, iodine, and other trace minerals. Aquaculture farmers seed juvenile kelp on long lines attached to buoys or docks in November and December, and then wait until spring to harvest the fast-growing kelp crop.
Pictured left to right are Dave Berg, technical consultant at Lazy Point Farms; Mark Smith, SHTF Kelp project director; Tom Lyon, SHTF member; Laurie Vetere, SHTF Chair; Steve Schott, Marine Botany / Habitat Restoration Specialist, Cornell Cooperative Extension; George Hoffman, SHTF co-founder; Jason Havelin, Habitat Restoration Educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension; Councilmember Jonathan Kornreich; Connor Reid, Town of Brookhaven Bay Constable and Bill Demorest, Town of Brookhaven Senior Bay Constable. For more information about Sugar Kelp and to learn more about the Setauket Harbor Task Force, go to www.SaveSetauketHarbor.org.