Hi All – just a heads up that there is an important 10 year review of the aquaculture program that leases parts of Peconic and Gardiner’s bay to oyster farmers. The issue is some or many of the farmers use floating cages and the lease areas are huge and many are placed in high traffic areas for surface water recreational uses. One set of leases is right off Goff point outside Napeague directly in the lane where we kite.
If you can’t make it you could write a letter. I’ll try to go to the meeting on April 10th and could bring letters but you could send directly to them I am sure. the people to send to would be:
Filipowich, Susan <email@example.com>;
DelGiudice, Barbara <Barbara.Delgiudice@suffolkcountyny.gov
Lansdale, Sarah <Sarah.Lansdale@suffolkcountyny.gov
My 2c is there should be zero conflict between oystering and recreational uses of the surface waters because every oyster I have ever met lives on the bottom not the top of the water.
Here is the map of lease areas. Notice the line blocking the lane where we kite off Goff point:
Here are talking points:
See maps I created to indicate siting where recreational use is intensive (red) active (orange) moderate (yellow) and infrequent (green). If you have any thoughts or questions about those maps let me know.
Krae Van Sickle
Thanks, Krae! Great maps!
For everyone who received this notice, I want to provide a little background. While speaking to the County and Greg Greene at Cashin & Associates about arranging this meeting, we discussed ways to make the meeting as productive and efficient as possible.
In addition to the feedback that is requested in the meeting notice, the County would like to obtain as much specific input as possible from everyone on this email chain regarding the lease sites and gear type that present navigational conflicts.
One of the goals of the meeting is to identify:
Cashin & Associates intends to mail hard copy lease site maps to everyone who signed up for distribution so that you can mark these up and bring them with you to the meeting.
Hopefully this, combined with input from the other focus groups, will allow the Ten Year Review Advisory committee to come up with a revised lease site map that allows the aquaculture program to continue to grow while minimizing conflicts with other user groups.
Greg, let me know if I have stated this accurately and if there is anything you want to add.
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