SoMAS Southampton Spring Lecture Series
On Friday, February 1st at 7:30 p.m., Stephen T. Tettelbach, Ph.D. will present a lecture titled: “Restoration of Peconic Bay Scallop Populations and Fisheries” in the Duke Lecture Hall of Chancellor’s Hall on the Stony Brook Southampton Campus.
The abstract of the talk appears below. We hope to see you there!
The bay scallop is an iconic species in eastern Long Island and has supported an important fishery for over a century. However, in the mid-1980s, Peconic bay scallop populations were decimated by a series of brown tide algal blooms and the fishery crashed. Early restoration efforts helped populations to rebuild to some degree, but the 1995 brown tide wiped out these gains. Over the next 12 years, scallop population sizes/densities remained very low and commercial harvests averaged only 1% of historical levels – despite the absence of brown tide. In 2006, we initiated an intensive restoration program to jump-start Peconic scallop populations by addressing hypothesized recruitment limitation. This talk will describe our restoration strategies, as well as supporting research, and summarize the significant rebuilding of Peconic bay scallop populations and fisheries over the last decade.