Oyster farming on Long Island will be the focus on Thursday at 5 p.m. when South Fork Sea Farmers hosts a discussion of its challenges, benefits, and possibilities. The first of what will be a monthly presentation, the conversation will cover the future of aquaculture as a logical area of economic growth and environmental restoration on the East End.
The group has gathered a panel of experienced farmers who will share their insights and hopes for the future of aquaculture. They include Matt Ketcham, owner of Ketcham’s Seafarm and a graduate of the University of Rhode Island’s aquaculture and fisheries technology program, Elizabeth Peeples and Stefanie Bassett, owners of the Little Ram Oyster Company, a family business in Southold, and Adam Younes, owner of Promised Land Mariculture, also a family-owned oyster farm, here in East Hampton.
The hourlong discussion is officially titled “Farming the Bays: Sustainable, Profitable, Restorative.” It can be seen live on LTV's YouTube channel or in person at the LTV studios. Registration can be made online via the South Fork Sea Farmers website.