FLANDERS, N.Y. – Duck farms were once as synonymous with Long Island as Gatsby mansions. But the Long Island duck industry is quietly fading into the history books.
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By the end of this year there will be only one duck farm left on Long Island. That's down from a high of more than 100 farms that in the early 1960s produced up to 7.5 million succulent birds annually.
Paul Massey runs the Chester Massey and Sons' 26-acre farm in Eastport, on eastern Long Island. He says environmental regulations and rising costs for everything from electricity to feed to property taxes are forcing him to shut down his operations at the end of December.
Once he closes, that will leave the nearby Crescent Duck Farm as the last remaining Long Island duck farm.