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Posted on: July 10, 2023

Supervisor Romaine and Deputy Supervisor Panico Join Moriches Bay Project Members for “Off Bottom”

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Farmingville, NY –  On July 7, Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine and Deputy Supervisor Dan Panico were at the Moriches Yacht Club for the Moriches Bay Project’s 11th Oyster “Off-Bottom” seeding event. During this event, small oysters are placed in plastic, porous cages and suspended off the bottom of the bay. This protects the oysters from predators and allows them to significantly grow before being released. Founded by Westhampton residents Laura Fabrizio and Aram Terchunian, the Moriches Bay Project works to improve the water quality in Moriches Bay through oyster farming and education. Since being established in 2012, the group has planted more than two million oysters in the bay and made numerous educational presentations at local schools. After more than a decade, the Moriches Bay Project remains committed to “saving the bay, one oyster at a time.” Go to for more information about the Moriches Bay Project’s “Off-Bottom” seeding.

Pictured (left to right) with Moriches Bay Project volunteers are Deputy Supervisor Dan Panico; Town of Brookhaven Bay Management Specialist I and Moriches Bay Project Co-Founder, Dwight Surgan; Moriches Bay Project Advisory Board/West Hampton Beach Village Trustee, Brian Tymann (fourth from left); Supervisor Ed Romaine (center with sign); Town of Brookhaven Bay Management Specialist II, Craig Strong; and Moriches Yacht Club Vice Commodore, Gina Soto.
Moriches Bay Project group photo

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