Oyster Farms for Veterans
Organized by: Michael Misson
The Great South Bay on Long Island, NY was once the leading producer of oysters in the US.
Blue Points harvested from the Great South Bay became world famous. They were so prized that others began calling their inferior oysters Blue Points. In response NY passed a law to protect the Blue Point Oyster from the lesser variety. Then the hurricane of 1938, runoff from extensive duck farming and overharvesting destroyed all of the oyster beds.Without these bivalves filtering the bay, the quality of the water deteriorated hurting local fisheries.
In an effort to clean up the bay the Town of Islip introduced a bay bottom leasing program with 13 lots from 1 to 5 acres to be used for aquaculture.I was lucky and was given a two acre lease with the Town. 3000 additional acres are being added to this program in ten acre lots so there is a potential for 300 of our country's heros to have their own farm with our help.