A celebratory crowd gathered on Ocean Gate, NJ's Wildwood Avenue Pier on Thursday, July 29. They turned out for the American Littoral Society's 6th Annual Parade of Boats.
The parade transferred bags of shell seeded with oyster larvae from our oyster nursery/spat tank on the pier to a restored oyster reef off Good Luck Point.
This event is part of our work with the NJ Department of Environmental Protection funded Forked River Beach Oyster Reef Restoration project, which involves creating oyster reefs to protect an eroding shoreline. That project will also provide needed habitat and improve water quality through the eventual addition of up to 70 million oyster larvae.
The nursery and parade are part of the Littoral Society's Operation Oyster program, which aims to improve water quality in New Jersey's bays and estuaries, as well as improve coastal resiliency through re-establishing natural oyster reefs.
The Littoral Society’s Operation Oyster initiative also involves work in the Delaware Bay and New Jersey’s Two Rivers area, as well as the “Shuck It, Don’t Chuck It” shell recycling program.