Coastal Stewardship Course

Update from Doug Zemeckis

“We’re excited to announce that registration is now open for our Coastal Stewardship course that is being offered as a part of the Barnegat Bay Shellfish Restoration Program (BBSRP) with Rutgers Cooperative Extension.

The Coastal Stewardship course (formerly known as the Shellfish Gardener course) aims to educate stakeholders about the ecology of Barnegat Bay and to promote responsible stewardship of coastal marine resources while using shellfish biology, restoration, and aquaculture as the primary teaching tools.

The course meets during the spring and fall. The spring meetings include Tuesday evening (7:00-9:00 PM) classes from May 7 through June 22 and two field trips on June 8 and June 22. The fall includes five evening (7:00-9:00 PM) classes from September 17 through November 4. Please see the attached flyer for the schedule, topics, and confirmed speakers. All classes will meet at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Ocean County (1623 Whitesville Road, Toms River, NJ 08755). 

This will be a HyFlex course where people can participate in the class sessions live either in-class or remotely via webinar.

Come check out our Open House during the evening (7:00-9:00 PM) on Tuesday, April 23 to learn more about the course and BBSRP activities throughout Barnegat Bay, including our close collaborations with ReClam the Bay( and other local and regional partners. 

The cost of the course is $75 per person (checks made out to Ocean County Board of Agriculture). Please register by Wednesday, May 1 by contacting Kelly Jurgensen (Administrative Assistant:, 732-349-1152). 

Please feel free to forward this announcement to anyone who you think might be interested and contact us with any questions about the course. 

Thank You,


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This entry was posted on March 16, 2019.

Barnegat Bay Shellfish Forum 2018 Recap

In a forum setting, attendees shared information so that we can all work more closely together to
leverage the many benefits that a healthy shellfish population can provide.

  • Panel discussions with academic and practical experts
  • Moderated discussions
  • Take away – short term and longer term actions, where to get answers – research, tools, experience, guidance
    • What will be vital over the next 1 then 3-5 years
    • What are hurdles to overcome,
    • Who or what can help clear the hurdle? What would it take?

We will be providing more details as we collect information from the speakers and start to build the links at the knowledge base. See the complete agenda, and list of speakers below.

This entry was posted on December 17, 2018.