Peconic Baykeeper


Peter Topping
[email protected]
(631) 653-4804

Located about 80 miles east of New York City, between the North and South Forks at the very tip of Eastern Long Island, the Peconic Bay watershed covers 110,000 acres of land within the five East End Townships. A total of 340 miles of coastline border the Peconic estuarine system from its western boundary at the mouth of the Peconic River to the eastern boundary of Montauk Point. Most of the estuary's primary habitats- sandy beaches, cliffs, dunes, salt marshes, and freshwater wetlands- ramine in fairly natural condition.

Peter grew up on the South Fork of Eastern Long Island a short walk to the Peconic Estuary where he was captivated by all things aquatic at an early age.  He holds a degree in Marine Science Biology from Long Island University’s Southampton College as well as a Master’s in Teaching Biology from Stony Brook University.  He has worked as a marine science instructor in the Florida Keys, an environmental educator and outdoor education program developer in California, as well as an interpretive ranger with the National Park service in Maine. Prior to his position as Peconic Baykeeper, he was employed as a Bay Management Specialist with Town of East Hampton Shellfish Hatchery where he aided in the cultivation and seeding of millions of shellfish (oysters, hard clams, and bay scallops) into town waters each year. Peter is most at home on and in the water and am honored to have the opportunity to help protect the waters that make Eastern Long Island such a special place.


PO Box 939
Hampton Bays, New York 11946