Half Shells for Habitat is a Long Island-wide partnership that collects waste oyster shells from restaurants for the purpose of returning them to Long Island's estuarine waters through oyster restoration and other habitat improvement projects. Unfortunately, the shells of most oysters consumed on Long Island are thrown away and end up in landfills or incinerators. Few ever get back to the water to play their important role in the ecosystem. Through VOBEC's efforts, we are increasing that number: there are now Ocean Beach restaurants that will be contributing to this program in 2023. The next time you dine in Ocean Beach, ask your server about this program.
Check out Buckets on the Beach, located on the Cottage overpass — reusable bucket for you to take along on your morning walk and fill with trash along the way.
Environmental Awareness Day!
This is our 17th Annual Environmental Awareness Day. Our guest speaker, Dr. Merry Camhi is the Director of a joint program of the Wildlife Conservation Society's (WCS) New York Aquarium and the Global Marine Program that seeks to raise public awareness and drive action to conserve threatened sharks and other marine life in the New York region. Sharks are powerful icons of wild nature that play an important role in the healthy function of marine ecosystems. Despite their fierce reputation, sharks are highly vulnerable to exploitation and now are among the most threatened animals on the planet. She discussed misconceptions about sharks and addressed their conservation needs to ensure that our waters remain healthy and safe for sharks and humans alike.
To view the lecture, click here