Peconic Baykeeper, Inc., a nonprofit that advocates for protecting the East End’s waters, has named its new Baykeeper: Brady J. Wilkins.
“The Baykeeper position is essential to the fulfillment of PBK’s mission of clean water advocacy,” the Quogue-based group wrote in a statement. “Brady brings with him a lifetime of experience on Long Island’s waters.”
Wilkins grew up on the South Shore of Suffolk County and is licensed to be a U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Marine officer. He holds a master’s degree in childhood education is licensed by New York State to teach.
He has been a crew member and a captain on passenger ferries and excursion vessels in the Great South Bay and Puget Sound.
“Brady’s intimate knowledge of local waters, his maritime licenses and experience, his passion for our mission, and his background as a teacher make him the ideal person to come on board and take the helm,” Peconic Baykeeper chair Brendan J. McCurdy said.
Wilkins said, “I can’t wait to meet community members, get out on the water and into classrooms and help increase awareness of the many issues that are unfortunately impacting the health of our bays, streams and rivers .”
Wilkins replaces Kevin McAllister, who was fired in March.