Society Loses a Member of Our Family with Passing of Fish Tagging Director Jeff Dement
On Thursday, Jan. 28, we received very sad news: Jeff Dement, long-time Fish Tagging Program Director for the Littoral Society, had passed away. Jeff loved the Society, fish, trees, and science. The tagging program and its taggers were at the center of his professional life. He loved the science and the tales taggers tell. He was a gifted educator and taught untold numbers of young people to fish – many of whom would never have had the opportunity but for Jeff and the Society’s programs that he helped create. His love of all things natural (and historic when it came to Sandy Hook), and sharing that knowledge defined his passions.
Jeff Dement teaching a youngster to tag fish.
He will be missed as one of our family, now gone. Please hold him in your thoughts or say a prayer tonight – whatever is your custom to show respect for the good things our lives received from his time with us. The family is planning a private ceremony, but has asked that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Littoral Society.
YOUR SUPPORT IS CRUCIAL
2021 Start of the Year Giving Campaign
Help us start the New Year set up for success.
The American Littoral Society’s Annual Appeal is both our End of Year Giving Campaign and our start of the Year Giving Campaign. The effort extends through the end of February.
You can make an impact on coastal conservation, and you can have an impact on the Society’s success. As we continue to navigate these uncharted waters, please consider making a donation to the Littoral Society’s annual giving campaign by visiting www.littoralsociety.org/annualappeal.
Join the American Littoral Society on a tour of Plumb Beach from your home. Learn about the importance of wetlands in Jamaica Bay as we and the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy staff take viewers on a tour of Plumb Beach Marsh, looking for rodents and talking about spring migration.
Maybe we'll find out if the Jamaica Bay Groundhog sees its shadow.
To watch through Facebook, please go to the event and indicate that you are Going or Interested. Facebook will then notify you when the event begins. You can also find the recording there after the live event concludes.
Join Jamaica Bay Guardian and Littoral Society Northeast Chapter Director Don Riepe on a leisurely virtual walk along the West Pond trail.
Don will be highlighting the nature that can be observed here this time of year and contemplating the coming of Spring.
In order to ensure your health and safety, please make sure to follow the socially distant volunteer guidelines found at jbrpc.org/volunteer along with local, state, and federal guidance related to COVID-19. A face covering is required, and social distancing will be practiced throughout the event. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available.
Gloves, bags, tools will be provided. Volunteers are encouraged to wear weather-appropriate clothing and sturdy, closed-toe shoes, and bring their own water and sunscreen. Event is rain or shine.
Registration is required and participation is limited due to COVID-19 restrictions. Only register if you are healthy and able to attend. For more information, please email email@example.com.
Join the American Littoral Society and South Jersey partners for a webinar about our South Jersey Landscape Makeover Program, where residents in qualifying areas can receive rebates for installing a rain garden on their property.
NORTHEAST CHAPTER NEWS
Winter Birds-Winter Survival Webinar
In case you missed it: On Saturday, January 23 the Littoral Society conducted a virtual Winter Birds - Winter Survival webinar. During the program Littoral Society Northeast Chapter Director Don Riepe discussed how birds and other animals native to Jamaica Bay survive the freezing temperatures of winter.
2021 Promises to be a Busy Year for Littoral Society Restoration Team
Last year was challenging but that didn’t stop habitat restoration work by the Amerircan Littoral Society. Thanks to the success of that work, along with receiving a number of grants, the Society and its restoration team have even bigger plans for 2021.
In the coming year, we will be highlighting a different habitat restoration project each month in order to keep friends and supporters of the Littoral Society better informed of the work we are doing, as well their short-term and long-term goals.
Despite an international pandemic that left the Society unable to host volunteer events, the Restoration team – which includes Shane, Zack, Quinn, Julie, Capt. Al Modjeski – got a few things done. Among those projects were:
American Littoral Society Releases Special Publication on
Protecting Fish and Fish Habitat in the Mid-Atlantic
The American Littoral Society has released a new report entitled “Protecting Offshore Fish and Fish Habitat in the Mid-Atlantic Ocean.” The report focuses on the management and protection of important areas for fish and recreational fishing in the face of a changing climate and increasing demands for use of ocean spaces.
The report considers how climate change is impacting the Mid-Atlantic ocean, specifically fish and fish habitat, placing crucial benefits and services like recreation, fishing, and coastal community safety and economies, to name a few, on the line. Recreational anglers and coastal managers see in real time fish shifting northward as ocean waters warm and acidify and conflicting uses mar or destroy important fish habitat.
The report provides an overview of how Mid-Atlantic states from New York to Virginia protect fish and fish habitat through their federally approved Coastal Management Plans. It then takes a deep dive into one type of area protected in New Jersey, called Prime Fishing Areas. Prime Fishing Aeras are important areas for fish, fish habitat, and fishing that span from the Jersey Shore to miles out in the open Mid-Atlantic ocean. The report looks at how regulatory protections for Prime Fishing Areas have worked, or not worked, during the development and permitting of activities like offshore sand mining or wind development in New Jersey.
As part of this project, the Society engaged New Jersey recreational anglers to better understand and highlight their use of Prime Fishing Areas and concerns around past, present, and potential impacts to these places from sand mining or offshore wind development. The report website encapsulates this work by highlighting insights by anglers and potential places for conflict in a set of Prime Fishing Areas.
The report culminates in several angler and policy insights and a set of ten recommendations to assist decision-makers in New Jersey and beyond. The hope is that this report can be helpful in closing knowledge and process gaps and strengthening regional and state planning approaches to protect fish and fish habitat in the face of increasing demands for the use of ocean space and resources, and a changing climate.
Returning to the River:
More People, More Places, More Times
An explosion of people enjoying the water in kayaks, jet skis, paddle boards, tubes or just taking a dip is the result of recent improvements in water quality in the mainstem estuary of the Delaware River in the vicinity of Philadelphia, PA and Camden NJ. This exciting change demonstrates that the combination of actions by the Delaware River Basin Commission, federal, state and local agencies, citizens and clean water utilities to reduce pollution makes a difference! This improvement was celebrated this spring when American Rivers named the Delaware River its National River of the Year for 2020.
In the time following that award, the Coronavirus crisis has changed how we are thinking about getting together and living our lives. We are finding that the outdoors is the place to destress and recharge after all the different challenges that we are facing, from the pandemic and ensuing economic impacts to the movement for black lives and the struggle for racial justice.
Thanks so much to those who attended the American Littoral Society's Growing Grassroots panel discussion on Dec. 16. I hope you found the discussion engaging and enlightening.
Watch the embedded recording of the panel (above) or click this link to watch it on the Society's YouTube channel, along with answers to outstanding questions, and action items to get started in your grassroots advocacy journey!
Read on for answers to questions from the webinar, as well as additional resources to aid your advocacy efforts.
The 6th Annual Lobster Run has been scheduled. However, registration will not open until COVID-19 gathering restrictions allow (hopefully in January).
As in previous years, start/finish will be at Langosta Lounge, 1000 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park. A wave start, as in 2020, will be implemented to maintain physical distancing during packet pick-up and on the course.
More details to come. Stay tuned to the Littoral Society website and social media.
Your loyalty and support enable us to continue to protect and care for the coast. Your membership supports marine science education programs for thousands of students, protecting and restoring marine life and habitat, and our efforts to defend the coast from harm.
You are vitally important to this work; coastal conservation is a group effort. Your membership in the Society adds your voice to many others in support of marine life and the coast.
Seniors can join or renew for $30, and Individuals for $40, or Families for $50.
There are more ways than ever to show your support for the American Littoral Society. Now available at the Society online store are short-sleeve t-shirts in multiple designs/colors, as well as long-sleeve t's and baseball caps with the Society's name and/or logo.
The long-sleeve shirts have the definition of littoral on the back. The baseball caps are focused on the Society's Fish Tagging Program and feature a tagged black seabass.
Purchase proceeds cover the cost of the item and contribute to the Society's operating budget.