Kelp grown in Oyster Bay will be used on city golf courses

The city harvested 3,000 feet of kelp or the equivalent of 10 football fields.


The town of Oyster Bay harvested the last of its sugar kelp to be used to landscaping the town’s golf course and its other park facilities. After harvest, the kelp will be dried and composted.


The project was launched in cooperation with Adelphi University, SUNY Stony Brook and Cornell Cooperative Extension and now the city is growing over 3,000 feet of kelp – the equivalent of 10 football pitches – at Harry Tappen Marina, Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park Marina, TOBAY Beach Marina, Oyster Bay Harbor and Cold Spring Harbor Conservation Management Areas.


Sugar Kelp is a large brown algae that naturally picks up carbon from its environment as it grows. Kelp is farmed during the winter months and is harvested in the spring before the waterways are used by boaters and water sports enthusiasts. Kelp helps improve the balance of the ecosystem in the waters.


“Continuing our commitment to the environment, this new Farm to Fairway initiative provides a dual benefit, as kelp significantly reduces nitrogen in our waterways, which helps improve water quality and reduces our dependence on chemical fertilizers on land,” said Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino. .


Saladino said kelpis is 100% organic, nutrient dense, and doesn’t increase nitrogen through runoff pollution, making it an excellent natural fertilizer.


“When applied specifically to fairways, it helps to increase root growth, improve appearance, promote seed development and enhance the natural resistance of fairways to stresses such as disease, drought and insect pressure,” he said.

Michael C. Ford