Shellfish Gardener Program

The Barnegat Bay Shellfish Restoration Project (BBSRP) is looking for individuals who are interested in growing clams and oysters and educating the public about the Barnegat Bay Watershed. Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Ocean County will offer a program to train shellfish gardeners. The Shellfish Gardener Training Course, which is similar to the Master Gardeners Program, will include spring and fall classroom work, field trips and a supervised summer practicum.

Over the past several years volunteers in the Barnegat Bay Shellfish Restoration Program have raised millions of clams and hundreds of thousands of oysters in nurseries in Barnegat Bay. Beside the fact that we are successfully raising shellfish, the most important part of our program is to educate the public about water quality issues in the Barnegat Bay Watershed. We do this by inviting the public to join in our efforts at our seven shellfish nurseries at various locations around the bay. In addition, ReClam the Bay, our non-profit organization, advertises our work in the news media and on their website. ReClam the Bay helps to support the Barnegat Bay Shellfish Restoration Program through fundraising and education.




Ghost Crab Pot Removal Program

  • John Wnek, Science Supervisor MATES

Atlantic Cod Fishery in the Northeast

  • Doug Zemeckis, County Agent (Ocean/Monmouth/Atlantic), Rutgers Cooperative Extension

Oyster Restoration in Raritan Bay

  • Meredith Comi, Oyster Restoration Program Director, NY/NJ Baykeeper

Shellfish Aquaculture and Breeding

  • Ximing Guo, Rutgers Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory


Advanced Clam Biology

  • Gef Flimlin, Professor Emeritus, Rutgers Cooperative Extension

2017 Shellfish Growth Results

  • Frank Vives, RCTB

Ecology of the Pinelands

  • Ryan Rebozo, Director of Conservation Sciences, Pinelands Preservation Alliance

Nitrogen Management in the Barnegat Bay Watershed

  • Steve Yergeau, County Agent (Ocean/Atlantic), Rutgers Cooperative Extension

Aquaculture from the Commercial Perspective

  • Dale Parsons, Parsons Seafood

Seafood Safety/Cooking Demonstration

  • Chef Ian Smith, Culinary Arts Instructor, Ocean County Vocational Technical School

10/21/2017 – Field Work
Waretown Rake Out
There will be one day in Waretown for harvesting and planting so all new volunteers can see and participate in the process of taking up the year old clams and planting new seed clams on lease.

  • $85 course fee ($35 for students) includes: instruction (7 spring classes, 6 fall classes), 3 field labs (*REQUIRED), manual, RCTB T-shirt and sticker – 6 hours additional field apprenticeship required during summer

Please call (732) 349-1152 for registration information.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Ocean County
1623 Whitesville Rd.
Toms River, NJ 08755-1199