An oyster farm. Photo/NOAA Aquaculture Program. Suffolk County [New York] officials applauded a Southampton bayman for his donation of more than 500 acres of underwater lands in Peconic Bay to the county’s aquaculture leasing program.

Chuck Steidle, who has worked as a commercial shellfisherman his entire life, donated 530 acres of underwater lands that he was given title to decades ago.

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