If you're planning to visit the Red Bank Guinness and Oyster Fest this weekend, stop by the American Littoral Society tent to talk or clear your plate. We'll be right next to The Lusty Lobster stand.
The festival, scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 24 from noon to 7 p.m. (rain date Sunday, Oct. 1) is one of our favorite annual events. It's not just because we like oysters and beer, but also because we love talking to people about the work we're doing locally and elsewhere. Work that often involves oysters.
Last week the National Aquarium in Baltimore released a grey seal back into the wild at Gateway National Recreation Area's Sandy Hook Unit. The seal, named after a Harry Potter character, had been found stranded on an Ocean City, Maryland beach in May of this year.
The Aquarium’s animal rescue team released “Luna Lovegood” at Gateway National Recreation Area in Sandy Hook, New Jersey after she made a full recovery. Luna was suffering from pneumonia and lacerations when rescued. She was treated for dehydration and a case of lung worms. During treatment and recovery at the National Aquarium, she managed to gain 20 pounds.
This year's Sandy Hook End of Summer Party should be a tasty extravaganza for beer enthusiasts and oyster lovers, thanks to Ross Brewing Company of Red Bank, NJ. Ross will be bringing five beers to the party on Friday, September 8, including two made specifically for the American Littoral Society.
Beer fans won't want to miss this opportunity to try the brews that will be on tap at the event. But there are plenty of other attractions for those with different tastes, including a breath-taking view, live music and dancing, cocktail and wine bars, a special auction, and loads of gourmet food from The Lusty Lobster, The Whistling Onion, Salt Creek Grill, and Bahr's Landing.
Buy your tickets now. The 2017 End of Summer Party will be held at the North Beach Pavilion of Gateway National Recreation Area's Sandy Hook Unit from 6:30 - 11 p.m.
For beer enthusiasts, here's a rundown of the beers being poured:
You can help keep New York state's beaches keep looking lovely by joining in the New York State Beach Cleanup on September 16.
The American Littoral Society organizes New York's annual participation in the International Coastal Cleanup. Hundreds of volunteers help clean shorelines and document the debris throughout New York state. The collected data helps inform ocean pollution protocols and regulations.
The Society has led the New York State Beach Cleanup for more than thirty years. During the 2016 NYS Beach Cleanup, 6,645 volunteers in 24 counties removed 66,831 pounds of debris along 234 miles of shoreline. Go to: www.nysbeachcleanup.org to register as a beach captain or to volunteer for a cleanup near you.
Hello Dock Owners, Oyster Wranglers, Operation Oyster followers and all Oyster lovers,
We'd like to bring you up to date on what has happened so far with the Operation Oyster: Two Rivers.
We hung our first oyster shell bags on June 2 at the Oyster Point Hotel in Red Bank. Soon after, we hung dozens of additional bags at locations along the Navesink and Shrewsbury rivers in order to determine if wild oysters are living in the rivers and to assess what other species might make their homes in an oyster shell habitat.
Bag hanging was followed on June 19 with a training session for volunteer oyster wranglers at 2nd Jetty restaurant in Seabright. Almost two dozen people turned out for that event. Soon after, those official oyster wranglers began monitoring 65 bags at 59 different locations.
Last week, American Littoral Society restoration staff, along with project partners Steve Hafner of Stockton University’s Coastal Research Center and biologists Drs. Larry Niles and Joe Smith of LJ Niles Associates, met with permit reviewers from the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for a site visit at the marsh behind Thompsons Beach.
Due to a history of salt hay farming, like many of the marshes in the Delaware Bay, the sites at Thompsons Marsh have not been able to reach an elevation that could support a variety of vegetation and habitat for marsh nesting birds. Marshes also play a major role in keeping our coastlines resilient by absorbing wave energy and protecting surrounding communities from flooding during storm events.
Our team has proposed to dredge the creeks on either side of the project area and re-use the sediment on the adjacent marsh, which would raise the marsh to an elevation that would support other species of vegetation and help maintain protection for surrounding communities. The USACE permit reviewers showed particular interest in this project, wanted to gain better understanding of the ecological benefits, and praised the thoroughness of our pre-restoration scientific research. We are currently in the final permitting stages and hope to begin work by late September.
Please stop by our Operation Oyster: Barnegat Bay exhibit on the second floor of Jenkinson's Aquarium in Point Pleasant, NJ. The exhibit is part of a series of oyster-oriented projects and events the American Littoral Society has embarked on this summer.
The exhibit at Jenkinson's is centered on a small spat tank in the aquarium. The tank is filled with shell bags that have been seeded with oyster larvae. The exhibit includes displays focused on the Society's work in Barnegat Bay, the history of oysters in New Jersey's coastal waterways, and why it would be beneficial to re-establish oyster reefs.
Eventually, the Jenkinson's spat tank will become a living oyster reef that will include other marine species that typically make their homes in such habitats. The Society will also be working in partnership with Jenkinson's Aquarium on a reef in a much larger tank. That tank will help determine how long oysters need to spend in a controlled environment before being placed in a natural habitat and other factors that may affect oyster survivability.
The Delaware River Watershed: Protecting Today and Tomorrow
September 15, 2017 8:30 a.m. to noon
An event by NJ Spotlight and StateImpact Pennsylvania
The Delaware River Watershed spans four states, contains vital ecological resources, is home to more than eight million residents and provides drinking water to millions more. As the region faces stress from pollution, overuse and a changing global climate, recent moves in Washington D.C. to change federal regulations are also complicating the picture; questions abound on both the quantity and quality of the area’s water supplies.
On Friday, September 15, NJ Spotlight and StateImpact Pennsylvania will host an event examining the impacts of the changing regulations and taking a closer look at both how and if state governments and policymakers should respond to growing challenges in managing these resources. American Littoral Society Executive Director Tim Dillingham will be among the panelists, and Carol Collier, former head of the DRBC, will give a keynote talk.
The event will will held from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Camden County College in Camden, NJ. Admission is free, but registration is required. Continental breakfast will be served.
For more information and to register, click here.
Volunteer registration is now open for the 2017 Sandy Hook Student & Family Bioblitz. Sign up here to take part in this annual event.
The BioBlitz will take place within Gateway National Recreation Area's Sandy Hook Unit on September 29, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The event is free and open to students of all ages and their family members.
Sea level rise, increased storm events, and our ability to mitigate and adapt to these hardships created by climate change are extremely difficult to discuss on a warm, sunny day in Lavallette, New Jersey, in the heart of Ocean County. Most people would rather spend the day at the nearby ocean, sinking their toes into a (replenished) sandy beach.
Despite the beckoning of the nearby waves, every August New Jersey environmental policy makers hold a joint Senate and Assembly Environment and Energy Committee meeting at the Jersey Shore. Lawmakers hear from experts and the public about a particular issue of importance to our New Jersey coast. This year lawmakers took input on what some say is the biggest environmental challenge facing our shore and our state … climate change.