Marci Bortman is director of conservation programs at The Nature Conservancy on Long Island, where she has been on staff since 1997. Her responsibilities include leading marine, coastal, and terrestrial stewardship, monitoring, policy, and restoration activities on Long Island.

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When overfishing led to the collapse of what was once the most important hard clam (a.k.a. northern quahog) fishery in the United States, a way of life and more than 6,000 jobs were lost. Worse, harmful growths of brown tide algae became chronic in the absence of the clam’s water filtration services, seriously altering the […]

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