Farmingville, NY – – On October 29, Supervisor Ed Romaine (left) met with Stephen Schott (right), Marine Botany/Habitat Restoration Specialist from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County’s (CCE) during the Marine Meadows Program Workshops. The workshop, which was held at the Bellport Village Marina, will enable essential eelgrass habitats to be restored in Bellport Bay and help to build upon ongoing restoration to improve the health of bay and the nearby waterways. The workshop provides participants with an opportunity to learn about the importance of eelgrass while they help to assemble planting units for use in local restoration projects. The plants that were processed at the workshop will add to the thriving marine eelgrass meadows. The newly created meadows will serve as important marine habitats for many species of finfish and shellfish and help enhance the health and productivity of the local bays. For more information about the Marine Meadows Workshop Program, go to www.CCESuffolk.org or www.FriendsofBellportBay.org.The Marine Meadows Program is the collaborative, community-based component of CCE’s Habitat Restoration Program. By offering Marine Meadows Workshops throughout Long Island, CCE provides an opportunity for land-based participants to learn about the importance of eelgrass while participating in a hands-on activity that will help further eelgrass restoration efforts in our region.