Summer 2008

Did you know that NJ has a “State Tall Ship?” Did you know that in 2009 you can sail on her? She is the AJ Meerwald.  Al has worked with the crew over a number of years. Because of that relationship, Capt’n Jessie brought her in on July 29, 2008. We didn’t make too big a deal because we really didn’t know if her 7 ft. draft would make it. BUT SHE DID. Moms and kids  stopped by and so did Mayor Tom Stewart. She’ll be back July 25 to 27, 2009 for tours and afternoon sails!

Mantoloking YC

Mantoloking Yacht Club is now a reality. Gef delivered the upweller on Friday and they started right to work to mount it and level it. Then they put in the silos and hooked up the pump. Looks like they will be fully operational on August 4.

Brant Beach YC

Seed clams arrived the week of July 12. These pictures are from one of our new upwellers (shellfish nurseries) at Brant Beach Yacht Club. We are happy to have visitors there (Saturdays 9:30) and at other upwellers. See home page for times and locations.

From left to right: Members cleaning the tank, putting clams in the silo. young members cleaning the silos, a dime in a pile of 100,000 seed clams, 15 seed clams sitting on a dime.

Lots of education. We were asked to present our program and explain its importance at the Maritime Museum of NJ in Beach haven. What an event. Over fifty people showed up for a VERY interactive session. See home page
ReClam the Bay is working with Alliance for a Living Ocean to bring education and fun to vacationers at the Long Beach Bay beach. First out of the box was about 20 Seniors and fifteen kids. Learning about Shellfish and all the different creatures in the bay by pulling them up in a net (seining). See Upcoming Events on the Home page

Things got off to a great start on July 2 at the LBI Foundation of the Arts and Sciences – Barnegat Bay Day. This also marked the first shucking contest hosted by RCTB. Harvey Cedars Shellfish, Boulevard Clam, and Blue Claw all competed. Boulevard Clams was the winner!

The Island Blue Pages – A Guide to Protecting LBI’s Waters, was distributed for the first time!

The summer starts with some oyster sorting. Chelsea, our Rutgers summer intern, and her dad (in the hat) pitched in with Bruce and Rick (taking the picture) to cull, sort and count the oysters that over -wintered in the Taylor floats at Cedar Bonnet Island. Mortality was less than 10%.