The Long Island Sound shoreline is shared by Connecticut and Long Island alike. Did you know that for 35 years, the Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) is improving ocean water quality and marine life of this shared waterway and around Long Island? From habitat restoration, to increasing native shellfish populations, Cornell is working in your community to protect and enhance coastal ecosystems.
Join us to learn about Cornell’s local impact from Chris Pickerell, MS ’93, Marine Program Director for CCE. He will discuss Cornell’s efforts to improve water quality and enhance habitats. Hear about the $10.4M Long Island Shellfish Restoration Project and how seagrass restoration supports local fish and shellfish populations.
Chris will also demonstrate how to open and eat an oyster. A list of local seafood purveyor’s will be provided at registration should you like to join Chris in eating oysters
7:00–8:00 p.m. - Program, oyster tasting, and audience Q&A
8:00–8:30 p.m. - Social breakout sessions with local Cornellians
This program is brought to you by The Cornell Club of Fairfield County and the Northeast Corridor Office of Alumni Affairs
Chris Pickerell MS '93
Marine Program Director
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Chris is a life-long resident of Long Island. He’s worked for CCE of Suffolk County for over 27 years as a Habitat Restoration Specialist in the Marine Program and has served as the Director for the past 7 years. Currently, Chris leads CCE’s efforts involving eelgrass and saltmarsh restoration and developed novel techniques for seagrass restoration that are used worldwide. Most recently, Chris has led a NYS funded effort to restore shellfish throughout Long Island. As part of this work Chris was appointed as Co-Chair of the NYS Shellfish Restoration Council by Gov. Cuomo. Other appointments include the NYS Ocean Acidification Task Force and the Suffolk County Marine Industry Revitalization Committee.