Supervisor Rich Schaffer, Deputy Supervisor Tony Martinez and Town Clerk Gerry Compitello recently gathered with Village of Babylon Mayor Mary Adams and Deputy Mayor Frank Seibert at the Babylon Village Pool as the Town of Babylon Department of Environmental Control (DEC) transplanted a batch of live hard clams into the Great South Bay.
Throughout the month of October, DEC has been transplanting thousands of live hard clams into the bay as part of the annual Hard Clam Program. The program, which began in 1986 is an annual initiative meant to restock the area of the Great South Bay known as Spawner Sanctuary. The location was picked based of a study conducted by Stony Brook prior to 1986 and the overall 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 spread so thin that we don’t get the fertilization in the water that we used to get back in the day,” said Waterways Management Supervisor Brian Zitani. “Our goal is to try and manifest natural reproduction among clams with the hope of helping to increase the population size.”
Photo (left to right): Bill Zeller of Captree Clam, Village of Babylon Mayor Frank Seibert, Town Clerk Gerry Compitello, Deputy Supervisor Tony Martinez, from the Department of Environmental Control: Vinny Biondo, Alex Cuptuto, Alexa Marinos and Tyler Prichett, Save the Great South Bay Creek Defenders Janet Soley and Andy Mirchel, Waterways Management Supervisor Brian Zitani, Supervisor Rich Schaffer and Village of Babylon Mayor Mary Adams.