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LIU Post Professor to Address International Fisheries Conference in China

Stephen Tettelbach will explain his role in successful restoration of Peconic Bay scallop fishery


Morgan Lyle,Assistant Director of Public Relations
LIU Post, Long Island University

LIU Post Stephen TettelbachBrookville, N.Y. – An LIU Post professor who has led the successful restoration of the scallop fishery in eastern Long Island has been invited to present his experiences to an international fisheries conference in China.

Stephen Tettelbach, professor of biology at LIU Post, will be among the presenters at the World Congress of Mariculture and Fisheries in Hangzhou, China Sept. 23-25. His talk is titled "Restoration of Bay Scallop, Argopecten irradians irradians, Populations and Fisheries in New York, USA" and he will also chair the Fisheries Biology and Ecology Research track.

In 1982, the Peconic Bay estuary in eastern Long Island produced 500,000 pounds of bay scallops – 28 percent of all the bay scallops landed in the United States. After the appearance in 1985 of brown tide, an algae bloom that is especially harmful to bay scallops, the fishery was all but eliminated.

Tettelbach and his LIU-Post students, along with scientists from Cornell Cooperative Extension and Stony Brook University, have planted millions of juvenile scallops in specially designed, suspended nets in Peconic Bay. The nets protected the nascent scallop population from predators, and the millions of planted scallops have spawned billions more through natural reproduction. The restored fishery is worth millions of dollars to the local economy.

Tettelbach and his colleagues have been awarded more than $3 million for the restoration work.

Posted 09/18/2013

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