Fair seas and a gentle breeze made for a sold-out boat of American Littoral Society supporters on Friday, September 16.
The 4th annual Littorally Local Sunset Cruise set sail on Sandy Hook Bay with well over 100 people on board for a night of fun, oysters from the Barnegat Oyster Collective, beer from Ross Brewing, and coastal conservation conversation.
Since 1961, the Littoral Society has been caring for the coast in New Jersey, New York and beyond. We see the beauty and feel the energy that draws people to coastal communities.
In addition to the cruise, which began with dockside cocktails in the Atlantic Highlands Marina aboard Teal Cruises' Festiva, the event included an online auction which concluded on Saturday, September 17. Proceeds from the cruise and auction benefit the Littoral Society.
On a nearly picture perfect day, 60 anglers from New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania departed Atlantic Highlands, NJ on the annual Littoral Society Fluke Tagging Trip. This year's trip was in memory of the Society's long-time Fish Tagging Director Jeff Dement.
Aboard the Mi-Jo II, participants were carried to New York's Atlantic Beach Reef, where they caught more than 200 fish and tagged 120 fluke. The largest fluke hauled in measured over 18 inches. That fish, along with seven other keepers, were tagged and released.
For experienced taggers and novices alike, the trip offered a great opportunity for novices to learn from experienced taggers.
While tagging or marking animals has long been an accepted biological method for monitoring wildlife, it is even more important for fish because, unlike other animals, they spend almost their entire lives out of the sight of the researchers trying to learn about them.
Recently, the Young Stewards Summer Campers from Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center visited Thompson's Beach in Maurice River Township, along the Delaware Bay, to explore unique ecosystems and dive into marine science.
Led by Michelle Rebilas, the American Littoral Society’s Delaware Bayshore Education Coordinator, participants witnessed the beauty and biodiversity of the salt marsh and bay beach through their own eyes. The field trip is a new educational opportunity being offered through the Littoral Society's Delaware Bay office.
They watched Ospreys swoop in with the catch of the day, searched for fiddler crabs in the marsh mud, and learned how to use scientific instruments to test water quality. Participants also practiced using a seine net and plankton net to discover what lives just under the surface of the water. Through hands on exploration and discovery, the campers learned what makes these habitats so important and why they must be protected.
Are you a teacher or group leader looking for a field trip to the Delaware Bay? Read on to learn how you can book such an excursion through the Littoral Society.
On Saturday, September 3, more than 600 people came together to celebrate the diversity that brings their community together at Bridgeton, NJ's annual Unity Day.
The American Littoral Society joined in the by talking to people about the Cohansey River - which runs through the center of the city - and how people can make changes in their own backyards to improve water quality.
Lucia Osborne, the Littoral Society's Delaware Bay Program Director, along with David Peterson of Bridgeton and Esaul Martin of Gateway Community Action Partnership, served as co-MCs for the event.
Among the notable participants were Dallas Cowboy player and Bridgeton native Markquese Bell, and House of Representatives hopeful Tim Alexander.
If you missed us this year, don’t worry! We’ll be back next summer.
The American Littoral Society hosted the media, project partners and the public at a special shell-a-bration which marked the next step in the Littoral Society's restoration project at Forked River Beach.
On Tuesday, September 13 from 3-5 p.m., the Society held a volunteer work session at the project site, during which shell seeded with oyster larvae was brought to the reef constructed just offshore. That work was followed with a party from 5-7 p.m. to show appreciation for all those who have helped on this project. More than 60 people from the Forked River community and Lacey Township came out to lend a hand with the work and celebrate the milestone.
“This is truly a community-based restoration project that’s been a partnership between volunteers, as well as private, public, and nonprofit entities,” said Capt. Al Modjeski, the Littoral Society's Habitat Restoration Program Director. “The project’s success to date has been built on the hard work and contributions of the volunteers from the community. They have made it happen.”
The Littoral Society has been building oyster reefs and living shorelines in Barnegat Bay to reduce erosion, create wildlife habitat, and improve water quality. The Forked River Beach site has lost over a hundred and fifty feet of shoreline since 1995 and erosion there has been accelerating since Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Increased sediment in water from shoreline erosion has impacted the water quality of Barnegat Bay.