Useful & related links

Barnegat Bay Shellfish Forum – Links to support the topics

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 Barnegat Bay estuary is a habitat that supports many species of plants and animals. 
The goal of this website is to provide information about the various species of shellfish in Barnegat Bay and their environment.

The problem is NITROGEN! What can we do about it?

Project Terrapin Instructor: John Wnek, MATES. Join us on our quest to study and conserve the diamondback terrapins in Barnegat Bay, NJ! If you’d like to learn even more than this blog can detail, feel free to sign up for an Earthwatch Expedition to assist us in the field this summer. We look forward to meeting you and sharing some adventures! See babies hatching

The Tuckerton Seaport is a working maritime village, is located along the Tuckerton Creek. This one-of-a-kind attraction, in the heart of historic Tuckerton NJ, brings the Jersey Shore’s maritime traditions of the past and present to life through people, exhibits and hands-on activities. Discover the Jersey Shore’s unique maritime heritage and the interaction between culture and nature on the Barnegat Bay. There is always a lot going on there.  Check it out. Sign up for their news letter to receive reminders.

The Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve (JC NERR) is one of the 27 national estuarine reserves created to promote the responsible use and management of the nation’s estuaries through a program combining scientific research, education, and stewardship. You will not believe all the stuff that they do!  Visit the web site and sign up for their news letter.

Tide Predictions REALLY good tide charts for Barnegat Bay. These are corrected for the local time. Scroll down to your location and then click on prediction.

Other Data From Sandy Hook Reporting Station This site provides meteorological observations. Wind, Barometer, Water temp.

Shellfish Growing Water Classification Chart These charts show where you can harvest Shellfish? First you must obtain a license and you can get a registration form on line. Remember NO harvesting on Sunday!

East Coast Shellfish Growers Assn Be sure to check out their library! The East Coast Shellfish Growers Association is a non-profit entity created to facilitate the growth of the aquaculture industry on the Eastern Seaboard.

The Barnegat Bay Partnership (formerly the Barnegat Bay National Estuary Program)

Who to call List From Beach closures to pump-out information, this is the place.

A Number of Useful BBNEP Publications are Available Including:

  • Newsletters The Barnegat Bay Beat is a quarterly newsletter of the Barnegat Bay National Estuary Program containing valuable news, upcoming events, scientific research, and educational opportunities around the Barnegat Bay Watershed.  Past issues are available in PDF format.  The newsletter is a free publication.  To join the mailing list, please email your request and mailing address.
  • Studies and Reports Links to scientific documents and research, including the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan, Monitoring Plan, State of the Bay Report, and Monitoring Websites.
  • Educators Resource Guide This publication (available for download) is your one-stop guide for all educational resources related to Barnegat Bay watershed education.
  • Fact Sheets Download and view or print a variety of public education and outreach materials on stewardship of the Barnegat Bay estuary and its surrounding watershed

Marine Resources Programming for Rutgers Cooperative Research & Extension Located  in Ocean County, RCRE has two marine agents working throughout Monmouth, Ocean, and Atlantic Counties. Gef and Cara are currently working together on both the Barnegat Bay Shellfish Restoration Program and the Rutgers Cooperative Research & Extension Seafood Safety Website.

This site provides 4 very useful links listed below.

Sedge Island Natural Resource Educational Center See the bay in action. Interested in earning professional development credits in a fun and unique setting while learning about NJ’s remarkable estuarine environment? We have the opportunity for you! The New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife offers an extraordinary learning experience at our Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center, located within NJ’s first Marine Conservation Zone, just off Island Beach State Park in Barnegat Bay.

Oyster Gardening

  • 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.

The Aquaculture Network Information Center (AquaNIC) was conceived in 1994 by the former USDA-Extension Service (currently Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service) as one of the nation’s first network information centers to serve as a gateway to the world’s electronic aquaculture resources. AquaNIC was created, through grants from USDA-Extension Service, the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant College Program, and Purdue University Libraries

Museum of NJ Maritime History One of the best maritime museums on the entire east coast. You will see antique diving equipment and thousands of pictures, charts and artifacts. There are many truly interactive exhibits including DVD’s, and interactive computers. Wonderful lectures by historians and experienced divers. Museum of NJ Maritime History 528 Dock Rd. (609) 492-0202

LBI Foundation of the Arts and Sciences The Science Committee focuses its efforts on educating the community about the need to preserve and protect the ecology of LBI and Barnegat Bay. In the winter they host interactive lectures tackling today’s most pressing environmental and scientific issues in an easy-to-understand format. During the summer they devote part of their 22 acres to aliving laboratory where people can learn first-hand about wetlands, terrapin (turtle) hatchery, rain gardens and alternative energy.

George and Miriam Martin Foundation The George and Miriam Martin Foundation is one of RCTB’s earliest contributors (2005).  Their focus of is river and watershed conservation. It has provides a $10,000 and $15,000  matching fund grant to ReClam The Bay and has funded over 48 other organizations since our beginning in 1995.

The Keith Campbell Foundation The Keith Campbell Foundation providing financial support to RCTB since 2007 promotes policy, advocacy, and enforcement to improve water quality, restore ecological balance, and foster an engaged citizenry within the watersheds of the Chesapeake Bay, Atlantic Coastal Bays and the Pacific Coast region.

2015 Annual Report