Many hands made for light work on Thursday, July 27, as thousands of oysters babies made their way from a pier in Ocean Gate, NJ to a reef in Barnegat Bay.
The big move came on Thursday, July 27 during the American Littoral Society’s Third Annual Parade of Boats. The event, part of Operation Oyster: Barnegat Bay, ferried approximately 25,000 young oysters from the Wildwood Avenue Pier to a man-made reef off Good Luck Point. The parade launched from the Wildwood Avenue Pier in Ocean Gate, NJ.
Bring yourself and bring your boat to Ocean Gate, NJ on Thursday, July 27. On that day at 11 a.m. we will be holding a parade of boats to ferry our oyster babies to their new home in the Barnegat Bay. Participants should gather at the Wildwood Avenue Pier for this event.
There will be microscopes and marine scientists available to help you see and understand the life cycle of oysters, their history in New Jersey waters, and why our bays and estuaries would benefit from their restoration. But the guests of honor will be the oyster babies that have been growing in our spat tank on the Wildwood Avenue pier since July 10.
All along the New Jersey coast municipalities are struggling to find ways to prepare for an increase in flooding and severe storm events. Most, if not all of them, are ill-equipped to find solutions on their own.
Assessing and preparing for the effects of rising sea level and a changing climate are critical for preserving the social, environmental, and economic value of shore communities all along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. Our coastal communities are home to over 124 million people, support 53.6 million jobs, and contribute $7.6 trillion to the U.S. economy, accounting for 46 percent of the nation’s economic output.
Fortunately, many towns, cities, counties, and states have had help to prepare for these mounting threats. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has provided expertise, coordination, and funding to help communities determine their vulnerabilities and then plan the best route to become safer and more resilient.
The Littoral Society's annual fluke tagging trip is equal parts fishing fun and fishing science.
Join American Littoral Society Fish Tagging Director Jeff Dement on Saturday, August 12, 2017, aboard the Mi-Jo II, for some inshore sport fishing and to learn about the fish tagging program, which helps scientists track fish migration and populations.