Greenwich Shellfish Commission holds talk on new projects

The Greenwich Shellfish Commission will share their plans for the future of Greenwich waters during an afternoon program on Sunday, Aug. 7, from 1:30 to 4 p.m., at the Floren Family Environmental Center at Innis Arden Cottage at Greenwich Point Park in Old Greenwich.

At 2 p.m., members of the Shellfish Commission will discuss proposals to build oyster reefs in Greenwich Cove, farm clam beds that have been untouched in 30 years, and improve local water quality. The talk will also cover the new joint collaboration of the Shellfish Commission and the Town of Greenwich Conservation Commission with UConn and NOAA’s research team’s ongoing work in Greenwich waters.

Greenwich commercial shellfishermen from Atlantic Clam Farms and Stella Mar Oysters will discuss commercial shellfishing in local waters and offer a “tasting” of local shellfish.

The event includes family friendly activities throughout the afternoon at the Bruce Museum Seaside Center related to clams and oysters, including a live animal marine tank, oyster reef diorama, shell games and crafts, and mollusks under the microscope. All ages are welcome.

The program is part of the Fred Elser First Sunday Science series organized by the Bruce Museum and Shellfish Commission and held on the first Sunday of each month throughout the year. There is no charge to attend, and those without a beach pass can enter the park free by letting the front gate personnel know they are attending the First Sunday Science event. No registration is required. For more information, contact Bruce Museum Seaside Center Manager Cynthia Ehlinger at 203-413-6756 or [email protected]

Greenwich Shellfish Commission Chairman Roger Bowgen, right, discusses oysters with a family at the Innis Arden Cottage.

Greenwich Shellfish Commission Chairman Roger Bowgen, right, discusses oysters with a family at the Innis Arden Cottage.

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