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Video of a Crab Shedding it Shell

This is an event the most people never see. Nature is simple remarkable! URL

February 24, 2024


An interesting article about oyster reef and seagrass restoration work in Scotland and the interdependencies between our filter-feeding friends, submerged aquatic vegetation, marine habitats and carbon sequestration. URL

Barnegat Bay Oyster Restoration: Providing water quality and habitat improvements in Barnegat Bay Christine M. Thompson, Anna S. Pfeiffer-Herbert and Steve Evert School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Stockton University, Galloway NJ 08205 Stockton University Marine Field Station, Port Republic, NJ – MK

This report was produced in December 2021 dealing with the Tuckerton Reef. This study represents the first attempt at quantifying ecosystem services for a restoration site in Barnegat Bay. The Tuckerton Reef was created in 2016 as a research site to pilot the feasibility of restoring disease-resistant spat-on-shell oysters in the southern area of Barnegat […]


February 4, 2024

Don’t Call it a Comeback: How The Barnegat Oyster Collective Reversed Extinction – MK

A great article about Matt Gregg, Scott Lennox and the Barnegat Oyster Collective. Congratulations!  –  Bill Walsh, Pres. ReClam The Bay URL


Milford Site of New Program to Breed Oysters to Withstand Global Warming and Other Threats – Nick Sambides , Staff writer MK

A partnership between the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture is transforming the NOAA lab on Rogers Avenue into an oyster cross-breeding center to help address some of those questions and create a more resilient, and maybe even tastier, oyster. URL

October 16, 2023

East Coast Shellfish Growers Association – Gef Flimlin

Gef Flimlin founded the Barnegat Bay Shellfish Restoration Project which was the beginning of ReClam the Bay i 2005. This article Provides an update and explains his long involvement with hard clams URL

September 26, 2022

NJ Commercial Shellfish Aquaculture

This website is the result of a multi-agency effort to provide both new and existing shellfish growers with resources on a variety of topics related to commercial shellfish aquaculture in New Jersey all in one place. This includes, but is not limited to: leasing, permitting, and safe harvest and handling practices. Each aquaculture operation in […]

August 29, 2022

Ocean County Soil Conservation District (OCSCD or District) awarded $961,227 for NJ COASTAL Aquaculture Project (Conservation Opportunities Advancing Sustainable Technologies for Aquaculture Leases

The overarching goals of the NJ COASTAL Aquaculture Project are to promote aquatic habitat on shellfish leases and enhance water quality throughout the Coastal Bays of New Jersey (with a focus on the Barnegat and Great Bay region) by increasing producer participation in NRCS conservation programs. An additional goal……. More URL

August 17, 2022

RCTB Phytoplankton Research 2022 – Data Graphs By Location

This research is part of the Save Barnegat Bay Student Grant Program with funding from the RCTB Lou Fellner Memorial Fund.  RCTB has been growing shellfish at 10 or more locations in the Barnegat Bay Estuary since 2005. Shellfish including: clams, scallops, oysters, and mussels are affected in many ways by the food that they […]

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July 1, 2022

Rutgers Marine Extension Program Seminar Series – Interesting

Program listing – Recordings aren’t posted publicly, but, can be requested by people who have registered for the seminars. Additionally, recordings and slides for many of the seminars are available via email request to Kelly ( or Doug ( The Marine Extension Program Seminar Series (MEPSS) provides stakeholders with the opportunity to learn about research and […]

April 20, 2022

Offshore Wind Notices and Comment Opportunities 22622

Given the fast pace of offshore wind energy development, the Council is no longer posting individual notices to mariners on this web page. Instead, we encourage individuals to use the wind developer pages linked below to view recent notices or sign up to receive updates via email. This change is intended to help ensure that […]

Offshore Wind Notices and Comment Opportunities 022622

This page is managed jointly by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and the New England Fishery Management Council. For general information about offshore wind energy in the Northeast region, please visit the Joint MAFMC/NEFMC Offshore Wind Page.

March 14, 2022


Because their areas often overlap with essential fisheries habitats, there is a need to understand, mitigate, and manage offshore wind farm impactson fisheries and ecosystems. Activities during all phases of wind farm lifetimes produceunderwater sound, a concern because high noise levels and/or persistent anthropogenicnoise can impact marine life in many ways. Here, we review the […]

Fisheries Economics of the United States Report, 2018, 022622

November 15, 2021 Fisheries Economics of the United States (FEUS) is an annual report that provides economic statistics on the nation’s commercial fishing and seafood industry and recreational fisheries and marine-related businesses.

Proposed Sale Notice Fisheries Meetings: NY Bight: Scallops, Mixed Trawl, Surf Clams and Recreational.  020522, 021922, 022622

On July 20 and 22 BOEM hosted a series of working meetings regarding the New York Bight Proposed Sale Notice.  Four two-hour meetings were held focusing on primary fisheries that operate in the NY Bight: Scallops, Mixed Trawl, Surf Clams and Recreational. 

February 12, 2022

Mid -Atlantic Ocean Data Portal 020522, 022622

Welcome to the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal, an ocean planning resource center, and the Marine Planner, an Interactive mapping tool.

What happened after a wind farm was built near the lobster capital of Europe 042421

By Clarisa Diaz Things Reporter Published July 1, 2021 Offshore wind is a huge opportunity for the US but the fishing industry is worried about its businesses. Notably, the lobster industry pushed for the moratorium on wind farms near Maine’s coast that advanced through the local state legislature yesterday. URL

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July 5, 2021

Oyster Farmers Who Feared Going Broke Brace for a ‘Bonkers’ Summer

“When restaurants closed to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the nationwide market for oysters cratered. That’s not the end of the story” This Article has a number of valuable links. URL

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June 13, 2021

Fisheries and Offshore Wind Energy: Synthesis of the Science – 042421, 020522, 022622

The Fisheries and Offshore Wind Energy: Synthesis of the Science project consists of two integrated components, a virtual workshop and a published report, which together have the overarching purpose of enhancing regional and national understanding of existing science and data gaps related to offshore wind energy interactions with fish and fisheries. topic include: ECOSYSTEM EFFECTS, […]

April 28, 2021


We are a broad membership-based coalition of fishing industry associations and fishing companies committed to improving the compatibility of new offshore development with their businesses. URL

April 17, 2021

The Responsible Offshore Science Alliance (ROSA) – 042421, 020522, 022622

The Responsible Offshore Science Alliance (ROSA), founded in 2019, is a nonprofit organization that seeks to advance regional research and monitoring of fisheries and offshore wind interactions through collaboration and cooperation. ROSA’s objective is to be a trusted resource that enables scientific research, increases efficiency, deepens understanding, and facilitates collaboration. URL

The Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory – Rutgers

The Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory is dedicated to research, education, and extension in support of sustainable shellfish and finfish resources and fisheries. Links to other information is available form this site – SRL maintains four facilities in southern New Jersey: The Bivalve Laboratory The Cape Shore Laboratory The Aquaculture Innovation Center (AIC) The AIC Administration […]

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March 31, 2021

Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind – Home Page 042421, 020522, 021922

Site provides a great deal of well organized general knowledge and insight into the Atlantic Shores project east of Long Beach Island. Information is provides in categories that include Mariners and then a resources section: FAQ, Wind Energy Virtual Lesson, Wind Facts URL

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March 3, 2021

“Ask a Barnegat Bay Scientist” Summer 2020 Webinars

Found at the Barnegat Bay Partnership website – Very useful series includes: Don’t Harass the Seagrass! Tuckerton Oyster Reef Fisheries in Barnegat Bay: Overview of the Biology, Assessment, and Management The Turtle Truth About Barnegat Bay’s Diamondback Terrapins URL

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February 25, 2021

Offshore wind farm increased tourism

Researchers at the University of Rhode Island who analyzed AirBnB rental data before and after construction of the Block Island Wind Farm have found that, contrary to some concerns, the turbines have increased tourism on the island. URL


January 20, 2021

Oyster buyback program revitalizes growers, rebuilds reefs

ANDREW S. LEWIS | DECEMBER 24, 2020 | ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT – NJ Spotlight News Once oysters are purchased from growers along the East Coast, they’re used to ‘reseed’ damaged and dying reefs in New Jersey waters and elsewhere URL

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December 24, 2020

Florida Closes Apalachicola Bay Until 2025 to Conserve Oysters

Because of a dwindling oyster population, a Florida agency voted unanimously Wednesday to shut down oyster harvesting in Apalachicola Bay through the end of 2025, dealing a blow to an area that historically produced 90% of the state’s oysters and 10% of the nation’s. URL

December 17, 2020

Garden State Seafood Association

The GSSA site provides information about its members and many useful links to other government and professional sites. GSSA Board Members Roy Diehl Belford Seafood Cooperative. Belford, NJ. Jim Harris F/V Abracadabra. Cape May, NJ. Dan LaVecchia LaMonica Fine Foods, Millville NJ. Jim Lovgren Point Pleasant Cooperative. Point Pleasant, NJ. Sam Martin Atlantic Capes Fisheries. […]

November 20, 2020

A Practical Manual for Remote Setting in Virginia – 2009 funded by the Virginia Fishery Resource Grant Program. Oyster set

Reclam the Bay uses this as the guide to its Remote Set Program. For Oyster and living shoreline restoration. It will be helpful for people wishing to understand how to grow spat on a substrate that can be used in an oyster reef or to use oysters as part of a living shoreline URL

November 4, 2020

Seafood Watch Recommendations

Seafood Watch recommendations show you which seafood items are “Best Choices” or “Good Alternatives,” and which ones you should “Avoid.” URL

September 30, 2020

Barnegat Bay Species Database – Field guide

Great online “Field Guide.” Maintained by The Barnegat Bay Partnership a partnership of federal, state, municipal, academic, business, and private organizations that work together with the communities of the Barnegat Bay watershed to help restore, protect, and enhance the water quality and natural resources of the Barnegat Bay and its watershed. Homepage URL

Bill Goes Scalloping out of Barnegat Light NJ

Seven Minutes – We go “down the shore” then out to sea to understand what goes into harvesting your beautiful dayboat Scallops. Thanks so much Viking Village – Barnegat Light for allowing us to go out with you! URL

2020 New Jersey Marine DIGEST – Home Page

Links to various pages and other information URL


August 16, 2020

Complete 2020 Marine Issue of the Fish and Wildlife DIGEST

Contents 11 Marine Regulations — Finfish 14 Marine Species Identification 16 Marine Regulations — Mollusks and Crustaceans 17 State Seasons, Minimum Size and Possession Limits Chart 18 Federal Recreational Fishing Regulations 19 Shellfish and Non-Commercial Crab Pot License Information 22 Skillful Angler Recognition Program 24 New Jersey State Record Marine Sport Fish 26 Health Advisories […]

Biofouling Control Strategies A Field Guide for Maryland Oyster Growers

This field guide is meant to be carried on board the vessel for quick use in identifying common biofouling organisms in the Chesapeake Bay. For each species, “Description” gives an overview of how the organism looks and functions; “Habitat” indicates areas of the Bay where they may be found; “Operational Effects” tells how the species […]

August 6, 2020

People and clams have a more complex history than you might think

The relationship between clams and humans is deeper than just chowder. We’ve been interacting with the bivalves for thousands of years, according to a new study, and the animals have actually thrived under human management. URL

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June 30, 2020

Status and Trends of Hard Clam, Mercenaria mercenaria, Shellfish Populations in Barnegat Bay, New Jersey

This was topic from the May 19, 2020 Stewardship class. The main goal of this paper is to review the historical and current status of hard clam populations in BB-LEH and evaluate their potential for rehabilitation under present environmental conditions. URL

May 21, 2020

Tide Chart for Manahawkin Bridge

NOAA tide charts. To review a different location select “NOAA Tide Predictions” and then select “NewJersey” or other state, and then select the location of interest. Rick

May 14, 2020

Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal

Extremely useful – A series of interactive maps published on the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal illustrates the shifts that have taken place over the last five decades by several commercially and recreationally important fish species living along the East Coast.

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April 21, 2020

Bureau of Marine Water Monitoring

The Bureau of Marine Water Monitoring is involved in many aspects of the State’s coastal water quality for both public and ecological health. New Jersey participates in the National Shellfish Sanitation Program (NSSP), which is recognized by the Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference (ISSC; New Jersey is a member of the conference) This is a link […]

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November 12, 2019

The Barnegat Bay Partnership’s (BBP) Shellfish Working Group

The Barnegat Bay Partnership’s (BBP) Shellfish Working Group (SWG) is an ad-hoc committee formed in May 2014 under the purview of the BBP Science and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) as set forth in the STAC charter document.

October 16, 2019

Hard Clams as Indicators of Suspended Particulates in Barnegat Bay

Final Report for the Project: “Assessment of summer-fall conditioning of hard clams, Mercenaria mercenaria, in the Barnegat Bay estuary in relation to clam size and environmental conditions April 1, 2014 to July 31, 2015 Dr. V. Monica Bricelj, Rutgers University,, Principal Investigator Rick


September 18, 2019

Fish For Tomorrow

Commercial fishermen and research scientists working together to ensure sustainable fisheries. ‘The Miracle at Sea’ is an example of the resurgence of the scallop industry. Scientists discuss steps taken to increase the yield of scallop beds. The following is an excerpt from the 60 minute documentary “Fish for Tomorrow.” Rick

August 31, 2019

Viking Village

At Viking Village, we are dedicated to keeping all local and U.S. fishermen fishing and harvesting responsibly. We take pride in being leaders in a program emphasizing responsibly caught fish and scallops, ensuring minimal impact on the environment and fish habitat. We work closely with the National Marine Fisheries Service, including the Fisheries councils and […]

Shellfish Water Classification Chart – New Jersey DEP Bureau of Shellfisheries

The Bureau of Marine Water Monitoring classifies shellfish growing waters in order to protect the public from health risks associated with the consumption of shellfish. 

August 26, 2019

The North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study (NACCS) – Army Corps of Engineers – US ACE rlbi3

THE GOALS OF THE NACCS ARE TO: Provide a risk management framework, consistent with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)/USACE Infrastructure Systems Rebuilding Principles; and Support resilient coastal communities and robust, sustainable coastal landscape systems, considering future sea level and climate change scenarios, to manage risk to vulnerable populations, property, ecosystems, and infrastructure.


Report on coastal storm and flood risk in the North Atlantic region of the United States

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today released to the public a report detailing the results of a two-year study to address coastal storm and flood risk to vulnerable populations, property, ecosystems, and infrastructure in the North Atlantic region of the United States affected by Hurricane Sandy in October, 2012.


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