Barnegat Bay Shellfish Forum

Meeting minutes and meeting information.

Material form the 12/14/18 Forum (Also see Updates)

Information is provided in the main categories:

Restoring Shellfish Stocks


Living Shorelines

General Related Information

Also provided below in the sequence of presentation

Barnegat Bay Partnership

The Barnegat Bay Partnership is a partnership of federal, state, municipal, academic, business, and private organizations working together to help restore, protect, and enhance the natural resources of the Barnegat Bay ecosystem.

Barnegat Bay Studies & Reports

Use the Keyword search or category filters below to locate reports or studies related to Barnegat Bay science, research and restoration projects.

The Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve (JC NERR)

is one of the 29 National Estuarine Research Reserves created to promote the responsible use and management of the nation’s estuaries through a program combining scientific research, education, and stewardship.

Research, Education and Training

Barnegat Bay-Little Egg Harbor Estuary: Ecosystem Condition and Recommendations

JC NERR 2018-2022 Management Plan


Daphne Munroe – Shellfish Forum

The effect of rearing temperature on the survival and growth of early juvenile Atlantic surfclams (Spisula solidissima)

The Atlantic surfclam (Spisula solidissima) is not currently cultivated on commercial scales, but it represents a potentially beneficial target species for crop diversification in the Northeast region of the United States. Surfclams are native to the region and rapid growth gives this species the potential to reach marketable sizes within 12 to 18 months. Since heating and chilling seawater are major operating costs for bivalve seed production, a thorough understanding of how temperature influences juvenile surfclam survival and growth during the nursery phase – the period between metamorphosis and out-planting – must be determined before mainstream production can occur.

Christine Thompson

Barnegat Bay oyster reefs; biological and cost benefit analyses for scale up efforts

Oyster restoration projects can return some of these services with varying amounts of start-up investment. Projects can range from large efforts to restore hundreds of acres to pilot-level efforts on the scale of an acre or less. Large projects require evidence for potential success to justify steep monetary investments, while pilot projects are best utilized when there is a desire to document an area’s potential for supporting a larger investment. This project was developed around the latter approach and represents a proof of concept for oyster restoration in Barnegat Bay.

Coastal Flooding –  Amy Williams

A Coastal Zone Soil Survey

SSURGO (Order 2 soil survey map and data) product that focuses the soil survey maps and data in the coastal zone which includes the dunes, marshes, beaches, anthropogenic coastal areas and the shallow-subtidal subaqueous soils (submerged lands) where submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) is either growing or has the potential to grow.

Stevens Flood Advisory System

Stevens Coastal Center Facebook page

The Nature Conservancy’s Restoration Explorer

What is the Costal Resilience App?It uses GIS and other types of remote sensing to create a mapping platform to present locations and the types of living shorelines appropriate and the parameters that were met for each area based on the (See tools below)

NJ Sea Grant Consortium Dune Manual

The Dune Manual answers a variety of questions that we have heard from people and groups like you. It will include brief answers to those questions from experts in the area and links to more resources.

Building Ecological Solutions to Coastal Community Hazards

The guide was produced by the National Wildlife Federation in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Office of Coastal and Land Use Planning with financial support from the U.S. Department of the Interior and administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grant Program.

Project Planning Tools and Resources 

The Restoration Explorer: Living Shorelines App: is a high level screening tool that can help you decide what type of living shoreline technique may be appropriate for a given stretch of shoreline.

The Stevens Institute of Technology Living Shoreline Engineering Guidelines can provide planners and engineers with guidance on technical and ecological parameters that can help with appropriate siting and design of living shoreline projects.

The Community Resource Guide for Planning Living Shorelines contains helpful information on project development, including budget templates for living shorelines.

The Procurement Guide for Nature-based Solutions contains sample RFP language to help communities contract and solicit expert input for implementing living shoreline projects.

A recent White Paper: Nature Based Solutions for Coastal Highway Resilience from the Federal Highway Administration contains case studies as well as a literature review on design performance of nature-based solutions, including living shorelines.

NJDEP Shoreline Projects

NJ Flood Mapper

This interactive mapping website was designed and created to provide a user-friendly visualization tool that will help get information into the hands of local communities who need to make decisions concerning flooding hazards and sea level rise.

Getting to Resilience

Plan for your community’s future in the face of climate change. This online self assessment process is a tool to assist communities to reduce vulnerability and increase preparedness by linking planning, mitigation, and adaptation. Through this assessment you will find out how your preparedness can be worth valuable points through FEMA’s Community Rating System and Sustainable Jersey.

Shorelines overview site

The site is dated July 9th  and shows the detailed design data on these projects including drawings, monitoring plans, photos, etc.

NJDEP mapping  –  GIS set called NJ Ecological Solutions Projects

If you click on the green circles you’ll find about 25 living shoreline projects with all the details the NJDEP has on them.

New Jersey Back Bays Study Projects Incorporating Natural And Nature Based Features

ACOE has a 2016 list. It includes Mordecai as the only one Under construction.

The Nature Conservancy NJ chapter has a website on NJ Living Shoreline projects   It has links to good webinars on recent NJ Living Shoreline projects.

US Army Corps of Engineers

This is the back drop for all the work post Sandy.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers releases report on coastal storm and flood risk in the North Atlantic region of the United States

This 5 minute video sets the stage NACCS Overview Video

North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study (Completed January 2015) NACCS Main Report

NACCS State Appendices

About the Back Bay Study Released September 2018

Overview The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, is conducting a feasibility study for coastal storm risk management problems within the New Jersey Back Bay area, defined as the network of interconnected tidal water bodies located landward of the New Jersey ocean coastline in Monmouth, Ocean, Atlantic, Burlington, and Cape May Counties.

This Document includes the links to the video sessions. The Toms River session includes the slide presentation that is VERY informative.

Overview of the Army Corps Back Bay Study – Video of the Toms River Public session

Fall 2018. The slide presentation is about 15 minutes. Very informativeJ Bailey Smith Project Manager ACE Philly District, Peter Blum Chief Planning Div. ACE, Alison McLeod (pronounced McCloud) NJ DEP Govt. Relations, Bill Dixon Director of Coastal Engineering NJ DEP

This is a synapsis but is not the actual report New Jersey Back Bays Coastal Storm Risk Management Study

This identifies the work of the Philadelphia District Current projects not future ones.

This is a simple overview page and does not provide much more information

Materials from the 2016 Forum

Very well written Asbury Park Press Article covering the Forum. Lots of details.

Bullet Points from the Wrap Up.  This will serve as the basis for future events.


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