New York State is investing $10.4 million in an improved shellfish seeding program that aims to expand clam and oyster seeding and improve water quality off the Long Island coast, officials said.

The majority of that money will provide funding to shellfish hatcheries in Nassau and Suffolk counties that will seed clams and oysters in five strategically located new sanctuary sites where they are most likely to thrive and improve water quality, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday. The rest will be used to obtain the initial 28 million adult shellfish from local distributors and harvesters.

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