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Shellfish Group Throws Family Friendly-Friendly Event At Greenwich Point

The Innis Arden Cottage on Greenwich Point will host the program.
The Innis Arden Cottage on Greenwich Point will host the program. Photo Credit: File

OLD GREENWICH, Conn. -- The Greenwich Shellfish Commission will share its plans for the future of Greenwich's coast along Long Island Sound, including oyster reefs, clam beds and improvements in water quality.

The afternoon program will be held on Sunday, Aug. 7, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Floren Family Environmental Center at Innis Arden Cottage at Greenwich Point Park in Old Greenwich.

At 2 p.m. members of the Shellfish Commission will discuss proposals to build oyster reefs in Greenwich Cove, farm clam beds that have been untouched in 30 years, and improve local water quality.

The talk will also cover the new joint collaboration of the Shellfish Commission and the Town of Greenwich Conservation Commission with UConn and NOAA’s research team’s ongoing work in Greenwich waters.

Greenwich commercial shell-fishermen from Atlantic Clam Farms and Stella Mar Oysters will discuss commercial shellfishing in local waters and offer a “tasting” of local shellfish.

The event includes family-friendly activities throughout the afternoon at the Bruce Museum Seaside Center related to clams and oysters, including a live animal marine tank, oyster reef diorama, shell games and crafts, and mollusks under the microscope. All ages are welcome.

The program is part of the Fred Elser First Sunday Science series organized by the Bruce Museum and Shellfish Commission and held on the first Sunday of each month throughout the year.

There is no charge to attend, and those without a beach pass can enter the park free by letting the front gate personnel know they are attending the First Sunday Science event. No registration is required.

For more information, contact Bruce Museum Seaside Center Manager Cynthia Ehlinger at 203-413-6756 or cynthiae@brucemuseum.org.

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