Come "shell-a-brate" with the American Littoral Society and Conserve Wildlife Foundation as we build another oyster reef in Delaware Bay. The free event will take place at Thompsons Beach, 163 Thompsons Beach Road, Maurice River Township, Cumberland County,NJ on Saturday, April 8 from 12:30-4:30 p.m.
There will be family fun and food for this happy occasion, but we're also going to do a bit of work. The work will include carrying bags of shell to a site just off the beach.
Dress to get wet and dirty. Layers are recommended as it may be chillier on the bay. And you may want to bring a change of clothes for after the work is completed. Gloves will be provided for volunteers. Food and beverages will be on tap from Spanky's BBQ.
Delaware Bay beaches naturally erode and rebuild over time. The process of erosion has accelerated in recent years, very likely an impact of increased storm frequency, climate change and sea level rise.
The American Littoral Society helped restore beaches at a number of locations following Hurricane Sandy and is now working to establish near-shore shell bars at those sites. The reefs will prevent sand loss from wind driven waves. We have already established oyster reef living shorelines at South Reeds Beach, Moores Beach and Dyers Cove.
Click here for more information on Littoral Society reef building projects. Or contact Quinn Whitesall at: Quinn@littoralsociety.org.