A Cruise for Clams

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Science research and environmental science students at Westhampton Beach High School recently participated in a clam reseeding and research cruise on Weesuck Creek in East Quogue. 

Held aboard a Stony Brook Research vessel, the trip taught students more about local waterways as they planted thousands of clams in the spawner sanctuary to help replenish depleted clam beds. For some, it was also an opportunity to further their own research projects. Sophomores Val Finke and Maddie Donahue collected macroalgae for their alternative fuels project, while senior Danielle Freda collected shellfish and surface water samples to quantify microplastic particle contamination.  

The trip culminated with a tour of the Stony Brook Southampton Marine Station, where students learned about ongoing Stony Brook University research projects and had the unique opportunity to feed an octopus.