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 In Virginia The Virginia Oyster Gardening Guide was produced by the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program in partnership with VIMS, Virginia CBF, TOGA, VMRC, Oyster Reef Keepers, NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office and the VORHF
- Oyster Gardening Program is a cooperative effort of the Oyster Alliance, which includes the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Maryland Sea Grant Extension Program, the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and the Oyster Recovery Partnership
- Mobile Bay National Estuary Program The Mobile Bay Oyster Gardening Program is a cooperative effort, which includes the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program, Auburn University Marine Extension and Research Center, and the Mississippi Alabama Sea Grant Consortium. Other partners have included the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Marine Resources Division, Alabama Department of Public Health and Volunteers!
- Great Links to Links About Oyster Gardening Links to links about oysters. Here is a wonderful place to start a search.
- Cornell – Southold Program in Aquaculture Training (SPAT) To augment the limited staff of the Cornell Marine Program*, volunteers help produce shellfish to seed the bays. SPAT volunteers grow miniscule shellfish in containment, away from predators, until they reach adult size when they are released into local creeks and bays.