In this episode your host, and favorite angler :) George Scocca does a deep dive so to speak into the issues we're seeing with the Jewel of the East End the Peconic Bay Scallop. Did you know that the Peconic Bay Scallop is the New York State shell? Did you know that this amazing creature can live for over 20 years? Did you know that these tasty little morsels are filter feeders and play an important role in the eco system of our bays?
George interviews Dr. Stephen Tettelbach Shellfish Ecologist/Professor Emeritus of Biology about the current state of the Peconic Bay Scallop and what is believed to be causing the die-off.
There is a lot of history behind the Peconic Bay Scallop and it is part of the overall fabric of the beautiful body of water. In the 20's mostly women would become "openers" and "earn $3 a day and still have time to get home to cook dinner."
They also get into the collapse of the Long Island Lobster fishery as well as the effects of the taking over of the Asian crab.
This is one of a series we will be doing over the coming months on Our Changing Waters.
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Shellfish Ecologist/Professor Emeritus of Biology
Dr. Stephen Tettelbach is a Shellfish Ecologist at Cornell Cooperative Extension and Professor Emeritus of Biology at Long Island University, where he taught marine science and biology for 33 years. He received his B.S. (Biology) from the University of Miami, M.S. (Fisheries Biology) from the University of Washington, and Ph.D. (Ecology) from the University of Connecticut.
His team’s research is heavily field-oriented and focuses on the biology, ecology and restoration of marine mollusks. He has worked on bay scallops for over 40 years, during which time he has logged more than 2500 dives. He serves as co-leader of the ongoing, 18 year project, “Restoration of Peconic Bay Scallop Populations and Fisheries”, the largest and most successful of its kind in North America. He is a current workgroup member of the Peconic Estuary Program Bay Scallop Task Force and the New York State Shellfish Restoration Plan, and is former President, Vice-President and Treasurer of the National Shellfisheries Association. He has given more than 70 presentations on bay scallops at local, regional and international conferences and published more than 20 peer-reviewed scientific papers on bay scallops.