Saturday, September 28, 2019
6:00 pm

All About Oysters


A Panel Discussion with:
John Aldred, East Hampton Town Trustee
John “Barley” Dunne, Director, East Hampton Shellfish Hatchery
Pete Malinowski, Executive Director Billion Oyster Project


Hosted by Sara Davison and Charlie Collins

Oysters are legendary for many reasons. Learn how they filter and purify millions of gallons of water, delight our palates and-—the real truth on their oft-mentioned properties as aphrodisiacs. Meet three experts who are leading the way to grow and promote the East End oyster industry while also promoting the restoration of our water quality. East Hampton’s volunteer individual oyster farming program will also be discussed. Reception to follow in the Library’s courtyard with complimentary craft beer from Montauk Brewing Company.


John Aldred  |  In the ’70s, John worked at the New York Ocean Science Laboratory in Montauk, where he was a research assistant in its ichthyology department. He later co-founded Multi Aquaculture Systems, the fish farm in Promised Land, Amagansett. In the 1980s he was an environmental analyst for the Town’s Natural Resources Department. In 1989, John developed the town’s shellfish hatchery and its reseeding and restoration programs, retiring in 2010.


Barley Dunne  | Barley holds a Master’s degree in Fisheries and Aquaculture from Auburn University. He worked with the Town of Islip Shellfish Culture Facility then joined the East Hampton Shellfish Hatchery in 2004, becoming Director in 2011. He assists the non-profit Conscience Point Shellfish Company and is ex-officio member of a new non-profit, South Fork Sea Farmers, which aims to educate and raise awareness of the importance of sustainable aquaculture and inspire constructive action programs.


Pete Malinowski  |  Pete grew up farming oysters with his parents on the Fishers Island Oyster farm. After graduating from Vassar, he began working at the New York Harbor School where he founded the Aquaculture and Oyster Restoration Programs. After five years as a public school teacher, Pete left Harbor School in 2014 to develop the Billion Oyster Project, where he is now Executive Director.
    generously underwritten by

      Judith Hope Twomey