Articles of Interest


Being an Oyster
Rowan Jacobsen, in “A Geography of Oysters,” perfectly depicts the life of an oyster- the day to day troubles and the seasonal changes that an oyster must go through. In honor of the season (just getting our oyster larvae), please read this excerpt that puts you in the life of an oyster!

Simple Rules for Eating Seafood
With all the options of seafood in the food markets, it is helpful to know a few simple rules to guide you on the right seafood to choose. The New York Times Sunday Review has done just that. This article explains why and how you can eat better seafood!

Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch
The Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch is a broad collection of plastics and other trash that has made its way into the ocean currents.  Since plastic does not break down easily it is left in the ocean ecosystem for many years.  Many animals are negatively affected, or killed, by the plastic trash in the water. This article further demonstrates how our ever day lives affect the marine animals. Prevention, such as using biodegradable plastic, properly recycling, or avoid plastic use is the only way to help keep plastic trash out of the water and help clean our oceans clean.


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a contract to Weeks Marine to repair and renourish the three sections of the project that were constructed prior to Hurricane Sandy: Harvey Cedars, Surf City and a section of Brant Beach in Long Beach Township. Details

Quick overview of the nitrogen problem in Barnegat Bay – Willie DeCamp Pres. Save Barnegat Bay.

The Press of Atlantic City ran an article that provides an overview of RCTB activities. The article also provides some insight about the relationship between RCTB and the Marine Academy for Technology and Environmental Science (MATES) and an exciting program that brings shellfish into the classroom. The public school outreach brings live oysters into the classroom and links schools by the bay with schools across the state so that kids will have a “hands-on” learning experience underscoring the relationship between the water in rivers and streams that becomes waste (along with whatever is in it) in the bay.  CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Eelgrass is Great, but Shellfish Aquaculture is Better – It’s a bold statement. The article really gives the science behind it. The article does not diminish the importance of eelgrass, in fact it does a good job of explaining it. It does tell that many of the benefits associated with eelgrass can also be derived from shellfish. It further explains that shellfish can even help propagate eelgrass. Written by Dr. Robert B. Rheault, PhD. the article offers many reference and support articles.

Restoration on the halfshell – A little history and an interesting perspective.

Oyster Gardening