City of Babylon: Department of Environmental Control transplants live clams in the Great South Bay


25 October 2021

Supervisor Rich Schaffer, Deputy Supervisor Tony Martinez and City Clerk Gerry Compitello recently met with Babylon Village Mayor Mary Adams and Deputy Mayor Frank Seibert at the Babylon Village Pool as the Department of Control of the The environment (DEC) of the city of Babylon transplanted a batch of clams in the Great South Bay.

Throughout October, DEC transplanted thousands of live clams to the bay as part of the annual clam program. The program, which began in 1986, is an annual initiative to repopulate the area of ​​the Great South Bay known as Spawner Sanctuary. The location was chosen on the basis of a study conducted by Stony Brook before 1986 and the general intention of the program is to place adult clams in specific areas where they will spawn. As such, a higher incidence of fertilization will result in more clams.

“The clam population is currently so dispersed that we are not getting the in-water fertilization that we used to recover during the day,” said Brian Zitani, Waterway Management Supervisor. “Our goal is to try and manifest natural reproduction among clams in the hope of helping to increase the size of the population.”

Photo (left to right): Bill Zeller of Captree Clam, Mayor of Babylon Village Frank Seibert, City Clerk Gerry Compitello, Deputy Supervisor Tony Martinez, Department of Environmental Control: Vinny Biondo, Alex Cuptuto, Alexa Marinos and Tyler Prichett, Save Great South Bay Creek Defenders Janet Soley and Andy Mirchel, Waterways Management Supervisor Brian Zitani, Supervisor Rich Schaffer and Babylon Village Mayor Mary Adams.

This press release was produced by the City of Babylon. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.


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