The Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) is comprised of key estuary stakeholder groups, including citizens and civic groups, environmental groups, fishing groups, academic and business organizations. The purpose of the CAC is to assist the Long Island South Shore Estuary Reserve Council (Council) in implementing recommendations identified in the Long Island South Shore Estuary Reserve Comprehensive Management Plan (CMP) and to promote public education throughout the Reserve. 

Member Organizations

Citizens Advisory Committee Member Organizations include: 

  • Association of Marine Industries
  • Atlantic Marine Conservation Society 
  • Brookhaven League of Women Voters 
  • Citizens Campaign for the Environment 
  • Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island 
  • Fire Island Association 
  • Fire Island National Seashore 
  • Great South Bay Audubon Society 
  • Islip Town Leaseholders Association 
  • Kayak Fishing Association of New York 
  • Long Island Sierra Club 
  • Mastic Beach Property Owners Association 
  • NY Seafood Council 
  • NYS Marine Education Association
  • Operation SPLASH 
  • Pattersquash Creek Civic Association
  • Peconic Baykeeper 
  • Save the Great South Bay 
  • Seatuck Environmental Association 
  • South Shore Audubon Society 
  • Suffolk Alliance of Sportsmen 
  • South Shore Waterfowlers Association 
  • South Shore Bayhouse Owners Association 
  • South Bay Cruising Club
  • Speonk Remsenburg Civic Association
  • Suffolk County
  • Trout Unlimited 


Meetings are held from 7:00pm to 8:30pm, locations vary.

  • January 10th, 2023 on Zoom
  • March 14th, 2023 on Zoom
  • May 9th, 2023
  • July 11th, 2023
  • September 12th, 2023
  • November 14th, 2023

Meeting Minutes


The South Shore Estuary Reserve Council Stewardship Award Program recognizes citizens or organizations that have made significant contributions to protect and restore the South Shore Estuary’s unique natural environment and maritime traditions. This award is designed to promote and encourage grassroots stewardship activities, including cleanups, restoration, and education, and will build public awareness in the Reserve. Nominations are accepted annually to recognize people who demonstrate initiative and innovation in advancing one or more of the implementation outcomes identified in the CMP.  

Nomination materials are typically posted in early June of each year.  

2019 Recipients 

2019 Recipients included Carl Lobue of The Nature Conservancy and Karen Marvin of South Shore Paddle Boards. They were recognized for their volunteerism and how they motivate others to protect and restore the South Shore Estuary. 

Photo of the South Shore Estuary Reserve Council Stewardship Award 2019 Recipients

2018 Recipients 

2018 Recipients George and Richard Remmer are brothers who operate the Snapper Inn Restaurant and a marina on the south shore. They volunteer their time and resources to advance the restoration of the South Shore estuary. And the other winner was Scott Bochner who volunteers his time for the improvement of the Western Bays. 

Photo of the South Shore Estuary Reserve Council Stewardship Award 2018 Recipients