More than oysters, our work is about connecting local residents to our environment through hands-on harbor restoration. Thank you for supporting our work at REACH – Environmental Action Coalition of Huntington!


Mission Statement

REACH – Environmental Action Coalition of Huntington is a public/private partnership between the Town of Huntington, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County Marine Program and local Rotary Clubs. Our goals are to improve water quality, to restore habitat and to support aquaculture efforts to the benefit of bathers, boaters and baymen.

Learn, Help, Support

1. Learn how and why we grow oysters and plant reefs throughout Long Island – from the Hamptons to Huntington!

2. Help remove excess nitrogen with sugar kelp to reduce algae blooms and to provide an organic fertilizer option for our lawns and gardens!

3. Support our shell recycling program for restoring habitat, reducing acidity, increasing water clarity and stabilizing shorelines!

Our Project Work

Our work continues throughout the year focusing on three initiatives.


Growing spat-on-shell oyster during the summer to create a network of spawner sanctuaries in closed waters.

Sugar Kelp

Cultivating sugar kelp during the winter in Town embayments to reduce excess nitrogen and other impurities, with various end-uses yet to be determined.


Collecting half-shells of clam and oyster year-round to be recycled and cured in Huntington, ultimately for use as substrate for spat-on-shell production at the CCE Marine hatchery in Southold.

Get Involved

Be part of a dedicated group of citizen scientists who are determined to make a positive impact on our local environment. We gather bi-weekly on Saturday mornings from late June to early September. Work shifts start at 9am and last about ONE HOUR. Join us on the Nursery Docks at Gold Star Battalion Beach in Huntington or Woodbine Marina in Northport Village.