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Seining in Newark Bay
This week, we partnered with the Bayonne Nature Club to perform three Spill Spotters assessments in the waterways surrounding Bayonne. This is a new location for our Spill Spotters program, and we are so thankful to the Bayonne Nature Club for introducing us to its diverse habitat. The salt marshes and tidal flats on the coast of Bayonne host a diverse population of migratory shore birds. In the midst of oil snowy egretrefineries and dense industrial development, we documented an array of wildlife including winter flounder, weakfish, bluefish, black skimmers, yellow crowned night heron, green heron, egrets, and so much more. This is an area at high risk for oil spill pollution, and there is a great deal of wildlife there that would be affected in the event of a spill. If you would like to learn more about the Spill Spotters program please click here.

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(Tim Dillingham, Executive Director of American Littoral Society and Sally Jewell,
U.S. Secretary of the Interior)

Federal officials today announced the winners of more than $100 million in Hurricane Sandy
relief aid handed out through a competitive grant program for coastal protection projects.

Roughly a quarter of the $102.7 million awarded through the U.S. Department of the
Interior’s matching grant program has been earmarked for 13 projects in New Jersey,
including efforts to restore wetlands and dunes. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said those
types of natural infrastructure often provide the best protection from storms.

Read more: Over $100M in Sandy aid to fund coastal protection projects

BRICK, NJ (May 28, 2014) - The American Littoral Society today unveiled a new smart phone app that empowers citizens to report pollution, algae blooms and biological events such as fish kills in coastal waters. The Society was joined by representatives of Common Good Productions; SUNY Maritime; Marine Max;and the Society’s Barnegat Bay Guardian. 

Read more: Littoral Society Launches Citizen Science Pollution Tracking App

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Upcoming Events (Red=NJ; Blue=NY; Green=FL)

Tue Jul 29 @ 1:00PM - 05:00PM
New Orleans Conference on Ecological and Ecosystem Restoration 2014
Tue Jul 29 @ 6:00PM -
Sunset Seining
Thu Jul 31 @ 9:30AM - 01:00PM
Coastal Explorers of Sandy Hook
Fri Aug 01 @ 9:30AM - 01:00PM
Littoral Learners of Sandy Hook
Wed Aug 06 @ 9:00AM - 03:30PM
Underwater Robotics
Thu Aug 07 @ 9:30AM - 01:00PM
Coastal Explorers of Sandy Hook
Fri Aug 08 @ 9:30AM - 01:00PM
Littoral Learners of Sandy Hook
Sat Aug 09 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Maurice River Walking Trail Summer Walk
Tue Aug 12 @ 6:00PM -
Sunset Seining
Thu Aug 14 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Cape Ann Whalewatch Weekend