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Little Creek Ranch Plans to Filter 14 Billion Gallons of Water with Their Oysters

In the 1980s, brown-tide algae wiped out the Peconic Bay scallop fishery. The ecosystem changed with the algae blooms’ arrival on east coast...

In the 1980s, brown-tide algae wiped out the Peconic Bay scallop fishery. The ecosystem changed with the algae blooms’ arrival on east coast waters, and a changing way of life left that water fallow like a forgotten field. The canneries folded and disappeared, their decaying carcasses standing as a warning. At one time the Peconic Bay provided oysters by the tons. Fresh, shucked, smoked, canned. Greenport, New York was even a key oyster center. But the bay failed to sustain that level of industrial oystering.

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