Bay Scallop Ecology and Reseeding Project
In collaboration with local baymen and researchers from the Marine
Program of Cornell Cooperative Extension (Suffolk County) and the
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Professor
Stephen Tettelbach has worked extensively on several projects since
1987 to restore Peconic Bay scallop populations following their
decimation by brown tide algal blooms of the mid- 1980's.
More than a dozen of his students have worked with him on these
projects. His work has focused on several topics: (1) examining
overwintering survival of transplanted bay scallops, (2) improving
the methodology for reseeding wild and hatchery-reared bay scallops,
so as to increase survival rates, (3) comparing the reproductive
patterns of transplanted wild and hatchery-reared scallops, relative
to scallops from natural populations, and (4) examining the effects
of brown tide algal blooms on the survival, growth and reproduction
of bay scallops in the field.