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.
BARNEGAT BAY SHELLFISH RESTORATION PROGRAM
SPRING 2017 SYLLABUS
- 05/02/17: Barnegat Bay Ecology: Shellfish and Habitat
BBSRP and ReClam the Bay: mission and philosophy
Types of shellfish: Dr. Jim Merritt, ReClam the Bay
Ecology of Barnegat Bay: Dr. Stan Hales, Barnegat Bay Partnership Director
- 05/09/17: Bay Water Quality
Water quality testing: Why we do it; Dr. Steve Yergeau, Ocean County Environmental Agent, and Wes Dalzell, ReClam the Bay
Watershed education: Danielle Fadeski, Barnegat Bay Watershed Ambassador
- 05/16/17: Growing Shellfish and Animal Husbandry
Aquaculture: hatchery to planting; Gef Flimlin, Professor Emeritus Rutgers University
Maintenance of upwellers: Wes Dalzell, ReClam the Bay
- 05/23/17: Water Quality Monitoring: Shellfish in the Classroom
Oysters in Delaware Bay: Russ Babb, NJDEP Bureau of Shellfisheries
Shellfish in the Classroom: Chris West, ReClam the Bay
Note: The location for this evening is at MATES in Manahawkin.
- 05/30/17: NJ Shellfish Restoration Programs: Upweller Data Collection
Water quality monitoring: Bob Shuster, NJDEP Bureau of Marine Water Monitoring
Shellfish measuring and counting: Frank Vives, ReClam the BayFL1.* 06/04/17: Barnegat Bay Festival (Sunday; Island Heights; 10AM – 12PM; counts as 2 hours field apprenticeship)
View environmental partners: Littoral Society, OC Soil Conservation, etc.
Discuss fairs and festivals: Dr. Jim Merritt and Louis Louis, ReClam the Bay
- 06/06/17: Environmental Programs for Barnegat Bay
Restoration programs: Capt. Alek Modjeski, American Littoral Society
Sustainable seafood: Chef Ian Smith, Chef and Instructor OCVTS
- 06/13/17: Setting Oysters on Shell
Spat on shell oyster production: Gef Flimlin, Professor Emeritus Rutgers University
Shellfish diseases and predation: Frank Vives, ReClam the BayFL2.* 6/17/17: Long Beach Island (Saturday 9:00AM-1:00PM; counts as 4 hours of field apprenticeship)
Beach Haven: shellfish nursery tour; Mordecai Island living shoreline tour; NJ Museum of Maritime History
$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