South Fork Sea Farmers Presents “A Star is Spawn”

John ‘Barley’ Dunne

The First Oyster Babies of the New Year

South Fork Sea Farmers, a not for profit dedicated to the health of our marine environment, today announces that the first spawn for the year will be live streamed for all to witness on February 14, 2023.

“The Town of East Hampton has provided opportunity for local gardeners to farm oysters and help keep the local waters cleaner.” said John ‘Barley’ Dunne, Director of the East Hampton Shellfish Hatchery for The Town of East Hampton. This is the time of year when oysters continue the life cycle of environmental good.

Each oyster filters 50 gallons of water each day helping to keep the marine environment healthy and thriving. The 2023 spawn will provide spat, immature oysters, for the 100+ farmers participating in the Town of East Hampton oyster gardening program.

The Town of East Hampton maintains a shellfish hatchery in Montauk where the spawning will occur. Cameras are set to witness the event in conjunction with South Fork Sea Farmers on their website;

In addition to the live stream spawning, our continuing education series is available online.

Started in 2019, South Fork Sea Farmers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to educate and raise awareness of the importance of sustainable marine aquaculture and to inspire constructive action programs. Our goal is to promote and encourage more public oyster gardening, and other sea farming, which keeps our waters clean, provides habitat for marine life and improves our overall ecosystem.