About Capt. Al
Capt. Alek Modjeski (“Capt. Al”) is a nationally recognized Coastal Ecologist, Fisheries/Marine Biologist, and the Habitat Restoration Program Director for the American Littoral Society. He is a Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner (CERP) through the Society of Ecological Restoration.
He has over 25 years of experience in science-based coastal restoration, project management, and biological monitoring. Prior to his appointment to the American Littoral Society in January 2014, he was a Senior Project Manager, Water Natural Resources Director, and Senior Ecologist for a large, private environmental consulting firm.
One of his first restoration projects was the creation of artificial reefs in Isla Verde, Puerto Rico where he led the planning, permitting, construction, and monitoring of that project. During that monitoring, the team identified a queen conch offshore Isla Verde and learned from government officials that the queen conch had not been sighted there for decades.
On behalf of the Society and since Hurricane Sandy, he has managed over 25 restoration projects throughout New Jersey and New York. Projects include living shorelines, maritime forest creation, beach and oyster reef restoration, salt marsh restoration, flood control, and fish passage.
He is a Licensed USCG Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels, logging over 680 days at sea. He has a B.S. in Marine Biology and a M.S in Environmental Policy and Management. He lives 6 blocks from the ocean in Bradley Beach and enjoys surfing, fishing, and spending time with family and friends.