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New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory – Current Projects – MK

This is a follow up to Sea Grant Hard Clam Selective Breeding Collaborative NOAA Sea Grant to Enhance Bivalve Aquaculture. The Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory (HSRL) was awarded a $592,390 NOAA Sea Grant to enhance bivalve aquaculture—important to the socioeconomic wellbeing of coastal areas depressed by the decline of wild fisheries. URL,anopportunityforspeciesdiversification.

May 27, 2024

Sea Grant Hard Clam Selective Breeding Collaborative, MK

One of our members sent an article about other species of clams – New Aquaculture Species. That led to this follow up article about hard clams in NJ. as well as a suite of other projects related to oysters, sea scallops, and bay scallops. These species are native to NJ and better candidates for aquaculture diversification and development. This includes a 3 yr project under 2019’s National Sea Grant Advanced Aquaculture Collaborative Programs in support of 10 yr NOAA SG Aquaculture Vision – September 14, 2023 URL

A New Aquaculture Species MK

Although this species in no longer new, the article does describe a very interesing commercial species. The sunray venus clam Macrocallista nimbosa is a large, attractive clam distributed from South Carolina to Florida and the Gulf of Mexico states. During the 1960‐70s, these clams were commercially harvested off the northwest Florida coast.Contact: Leslie Sturmer, Shellfish Aquaculture Program, University of Florida IFAS P.O. Box 89, Cedar Key, FL 32625 (352) 543-5057 URL—2El6GZlGkDoX/view?usp=drive_link

May 24, 2024

ReClam The Bay, EE1

Education and “hands-on” learning. We grow and maintain millions of baby clams and oysters in the Barnegat Bay Watershed which includes Barnegat Bay, Manahawkin Bay and Little Egg Harbor bay. We want people to understand the services that shellfish provide. URL

March 9, 2024

Alliance for a living Ocean, EE1

At Alliance for a Living Ocean – We champion every step towards living a life with less plastic. From hosting beach clean ups to educating on the harmful effects of plastic pollution in our oceans, our mission is to safeguard our shores for future generations URL

Oyster rebound undercut by returning diseases, weak market

Check out this article about the Maryland Department of Natural Resources annual fall oyster survey: – Oysters have been enjoying a run of good news lately, suggesting that the Chesapeake Bay’s keystone species is on the rebound after decades of decline and stagnation. There are a couple of clouds on the horizon, though, that could derail that upward trajectory. MK URL

February 26, 2024

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 Bay, NJ. This report further details the methods and results for each outcome of the study: Outcome 1: maintaining the reef at a target density for ecosystem services, Outcome 2: model water quality improvement in Barnegat Bay, Outcome 3: contribute water monitoring data for Barnegat Bay and Outcome 4: assess habitat enhancement. Bill Walsh, Pres. ReClam The Bay URL


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


How climate change could sink NJ’s tax base — and not just at the Shore – MICHAEL SOL WARREN, JOHN UPTON | OCTOBER 3, 2022

As flooding associated with rising seas and intensifying rainfall gets worse, a hidden danger lurks, one that threatens to crimp the ability of New Jersey’s coastal towns to fund their essential operations. URL

October 6, 2022

Living Shorelines – by Joe Guastella – 032622

This presentation was part of the LBI foundations Science Saturday program. It was presented in March of 2022 – This session will tell you about projects that are underway, what we are learning and how much still needs to be done. URL

September 29, 2022

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

Tiny oysters play big role in stabilizing eroding shorelines – Mordecai Island, Waretown

As sea levels rise and buildings by coasts are increasingly endangered, communities around the world are turning to the small but mighty oyster to help stabilize shorelines By WAYNE PARRY Associated Press August 28, 2022, URL

August 29, 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 New Jersey is unique and will require different considerations, but the information provided in this website is meant to serve as a resource for general information needed to grow shellfish in the state. URL

The State of High Tide Flooding and 2022 Outlook – High Water1

High-tide flooding, often referred to as “king tides,” “nuisance,” or “sunny day” flooding, is becoming increasingly common due to years of sea level rise. High Tide Flooding (HTF) is defined as the overflow or excess accumulation of ocean water at high tide that covers low-lying areas, and typically occurs when tides reach anywhere from 1.75 to 2 feet above the daily average high tide and start spilling onto streets or bubbling up from storm drains. URL

August 20, 2022

NJ to Fund Water Quality Improvement Projects June 08, 2022 By Juliet Kaszas-Hoch High Water, Funding

New Jersey recently took a significant step forward with the Department of Environmental Protection’s release of final “Intended Use Plans,” which include billions of dollars of requests for water-quality improvement and public-health protection projects. The potential projects include a range of upgrades to drinking water, storm water and waste water treatment systems. URL

August 19, 2022

DEP Seeks Applications for $10 Million in Stormwater Grants High Water1, Funding

As part of its efforts to improve water quality and mitigate the worsening impacts of flooding caused by climate change, the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection is seeking applications for $10 million in grants to modernize stormwater management systems and to provide technical assistance to municipal, county and utility authorities for resilience planning. URL

NJDOT Mum on Adequacy of New Causeway Storm Water System Questions Remain Unanswered for Nearly Three Months August 17, 2022 By Gina G. Scala – High Water1

Surf City Councilman Peter Hartney is calling out N.J. Department of Transportation officials for failing to address questions about the effectiveness of the new storm water system being built at the entrance to Long Beach Island as part of the final phase of the multi-year, federally funded Causeway expansion and rehabilitation project. URL

Building Rules Eyed to Comply With Flood Safety August 17, 2022 By Maria Scandale – High Water1

Barnegat Light Borough Council introduced an ordinance revising “floodplain management regulations” pursuant to state law and federal flood insurance requirements at its monthly meeting Aug. 10. Similar measures have been passed by other Long Beach Island towns. URL

NJDEP Commissioner Delivers Climate Change Adaptation Remarks to Senate, Assembly August 17, 2022 By Juliet Kaszas-Hoch – High Water1

N.J. Commissioner of Environmental Protection Shawn M. LaTourette testified last week before a joint meeting of the Senate Environment and Energy Committee and the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee about the importance of coastal resilience. As the commissioner noted, “Climate change is the single greatest threat to our communities, economies and way of life in New Jersey. URL

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 are able to filter out of the water. RCTB members have noticed different growth rates at various locations. Shellfish food or “nutrition” is primarily phytoplankton. Phytoplankton can be many different species of microscopic organisms floating in the water. This project sets out to investigate the types of  nutritional content available to the shellfish raised by RCTB in the bayside nurseries called upwellers. Objective: The goal of the project is twofold; 1) is to establish a procedure to gather information now and into the future. 2) In this first year, gather data about the nutritional condition of the water at the various locations by taking samples in order to identify some of the algae found in the water. The information will then be assembled into a “layman’s” report to be presented to the RCTB members to help them manage their stock of shellfish. This link contains […]

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July 1, 2022

New Jersey Bureau of Stormwater Permitting

Tier A municipalities are generally located within the more densely populated regions of the state or along or near the coast. The Tier A permit addresses stormwater quality issues related to both new and existing development. URL

June 1, 2022

New Jersey Storm – stormwater

Welcome to NJDEP’s stormwater web site for stormwater management professionals and permittees. Here you’ll find links to technical information, guidance materials, forms, and applications. General guidance and resources regarding stormwater runoff are also available at URL

May 30, 2022

The Offshore Wind Farm Round-Up – Number 1 May 9, 2022, – 020522, 0201922, 022622

The Offshore Wind Farm Round-Up endeavors to periodically provide a review of recent research efforts in which the effects of offshore wind farms have been studied. This Round-Up edition includes links related to the o effect of noise on marine life o cost of electricity o impact of turbines on the Cold Pool o Rutgers study on the visibility of the wind turbines o lawsuit filed against Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (“BOEM”) URL

May 16, 2022

SuperStorm Sandy Impact on Water Level in Barnegat Bay, Manahawkin Bay and Little Egg Harbor Bay – Flooding 1

Evolution of mid-Atlantic coastal and back-barrier estuary environments in response to a hurricane: Implications for barrier-estuary connectivity URL

May 14, 2022

SuperStorm Sandy Impact on Water Level in Barnegat Bay, Manahawkin Bay and Little Egg Harbor Bay – Impact of Inlet Closures on Water Volumes in Barnegat Bay, New Jersey, U.S.A. – Flooding 2 – flood gates

This paper describes the impact of Hurricane Sandy on the volume of water in Barnegat Bay, New Jersey, and the potential for inlet closures to reduce that volume, had they been in place at the time of the storm. URL

SuperStorm Sandy Impact on Water Level in Barnegat Bay, Manahawkin Bay and Little Egg Harbor Bay – Superstorm Sandy-related Morphologic and Sedimentologic Changes in an Estuarine System: Barnegat Bay-Little Egg Harbor Estuary, New JerseyFlooding 3 – Filling in

In order to better understand and ultimately predict short-term morphologic and sedimentologic changes in coastal systems, a comprehensive research approach is required but is often difficult to achieve given the diversity of data required. This Paper combined these pre-storm data with similar post-storm data from the estuary and pre- and post-storm topographic data from the ocean shoreline of the barrier island to begin to understand the response of the barrier-estuary system. URL

USGS Study Finds Bay Water Levels Unchanged After Sandy – Barnegat Bay Flooding

In an effort to assess whether Sandy-cased alterations in the topography of the bay caused changes in the water levels, researchers from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) compared the relationship in the water levels in the ocean and the bay before and after Sandy. URL

May 13, 2022

The Climate Capitalist

Our Mission and Team. “There is no greater imperative driving investment decisions today than climate change,” says Doug McKeige, our Founder and Editor-in-Chief, “The Climate Capitalist aims to arm investors – as well as policy makers and corporate leaders – with informed analysis of the energy and power markets, and target opportunities for enhanced returns.” URL

May 10, 2022

New Jersey Coastal Coalition EE1

The New Jersey Coastal Coalition is a group of New Jersey waterfront communities that meet monthly in a workshop setting, to discuss common municipal flooding issues. Formed in response to the 2012 Super Storm Sandy, we have met regularly since January 2013. Meetings are usually held on the first Thursday of each month at various participant facilities. URL

April 30, 2022

Borough of Barnegat Light-

Welcome to the Borough of Barnegat Light Barnegat Light is situated on the northern tip of Long Beach Island. We are a quaint, family oriented seashore town. We have something to offer to everyone. The Barnegat Lighthouse State Park is a popular destination for climbing the lighthouse, picnicking and fishing. We offer beautiful spacious beaches, excellent surf fishing, bay fishing and crabbing. We offer several recreation areas, including tennis courts, a skate park, dog park and basketball court. URL

April 21, 2022

Borough of Beach Haven-

Borough of Beach Haven- URL

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 programs that are addressing issues related to New Jersey’s marine fisheries, aquaculture industries, and coastal marine resources. The seminars emphasize how people can get involved to make progress on local and regional issues, as well as education on recommended best practices and tools available for a diversity of applications. Additionally, these seminars provide an excellent venue for identifying issues and needs of stakeholders, and for cultivating partnerships among stakeholders, educators, and researchers. URL

April 20, 2022

Horseshoe Island Management Plan – Interesting

The area that comprises both Little Egg and Brigantine Inlets in Atlantic County is one of the most dynamic ecosystems in New Jersey. It includes the only undeveloped and unmanaged inlets for over 100 miles. Little Egg Inlet intersects critically important habitat located within the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge), managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), which also holds a National Wilderness Area. URL


April 18, 2022

A NEW ISLAND FOR BIRDS EMERGES ALONG THE NEW JERSEY COAST April 15th, 2022 By Todd Pover, Senior Wildlife Biologist – Interesting Something unusual and exciting has happened just off the coast of New Jersey; a new island that has become a haven for birds has formed. Located on the southern edge of the Little Egg Inlet, the island is about 1000 feet offshore of Little Beach Island, a Unit of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge). URL


April 16, 2022

Someone Explains How Poland Uses Clams To Control Its Water Supply And It’s Pretty Crazy – Interesting

While it seems that various technologies are completely taking over many different parts of human life, it appears that even some man-made things are better left to nature… URL


April 15, 2022

LBT Field Station 31222,EE1

Our mission is to offer an immersive and experiential facility, that will go beyond simple education. The hands-on programming we will develop and implement will inspire behavior change and show the value of our coastal heritage.

March 16, 2022

New Jersey Bay Islands Restoration Planner 31222

Welcome to the beta (draft) version of the New Jersey Bay Islands Explorer – a decision-support tool for managing NJ’s bay islands from Metedeconk River south to Beach Haven / Little Egg Inlet.

BOEM Fact Sheet 22622

BOEM Fact Sheet BOEM manages the responsible development of America’s offshore energy and mineral resources. The bureau promotes energy independence, environmental protection and economic development through responsible, science-based management of energy and mineral resources on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).

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 you receive the most timely and accurate information about offshore wind energy projects relevant to you. Project developers are listed in italics next to the project name.

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

Offshore Wind team 022622

OFFSHORE WIND TEAM The RUCOOL Offshore Wind team develops and advances the science that informs decision-making around offshore wind, both at a state and national level. We do this through research using both observations and models, and extensive engagement with stakeholders on the issues important to this new industry


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 current understandingof impacts of wind energy activities on fisheries resources, taking into account the variednoise conditions that occur from site survey to decommissioning.


OFFSHORE WIND FARM ARTIFICIAL The submerged parts of their structures act as artificial reefs, providing new habitats and likely affecting fisheries resources. While acknowledging that the footprints of these structures may result in loss of habitat, usually soft sediment, we focus on how the artificial reefs established by OWFs affect ecosystem structure and functioning.

BOEM Fact Sheet 022622

BOEM oversees the responsible development of America’s offshore energy and mineral resources

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.

he Rutgers University Center for Ocean Observing Leadership (RUCOOL) 021222, EE

The Rutgers University Center for Ocean Observing Leadership (RUCOOL) is creating knowledge of our ocean planet by pushing the limits of science and new technologies while inspiring future generations of ocean explorers.

Coastal Restoration Toolkit 030522

Take Action to Restore Our Coastlines Find tools and information you need to launch a restoration project in your community.

March 5, 2022

Living Shorelines Academy 030522, EE1

Learn about living shorelines – what they are, how they are designed and built, and howthey serve our coastal habitats and communities. Whether you are a property ownerlooking for alternatives to mitigate erosion on your shoreline property, or a contractor ora policy maker looking to gain more in depth knowledge about the design andpermitting of living shorelines, on this site you can find a course, project databases,literature and additional resources to help you achieve those goals.

Partners Collaborate to Protect Bay Islands Federal Grant Will Fund Restoration of Land Off Long Beach Township November 25, 2021 031222

Partners Collaborate to Protect Bay Islands (You will need to Join the Sandpaper, no charge,  to reed this) A couple years back, Long Beach Township and Harvey Cedars joined with a number of partners – including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, N.J. Department of Environmental Protection, Stockton University Coastal Research Center, The Nature Conservancy, Barnegat Bay Partnership and other stakeholders – to form the NJBII. The group is focused on protecting and promoting the critical functions of bay islands URL

Simulations For The Visibility Of The Atlantic Shores Project, 020522

 These simulations show what visibility might be under “very clear conditions.” it is for the initial project in the southern lease area can also be found in the COP on BOEM’s website at. This PDF is broken down by Key Observation Points (KOPS) which include, among others, the Long Beach Island Arts and Sciences Foundation in Loveladies, which is 24.9 miles from the closest turbine in this initial buildout of the project in the southern lease area, and the Beach Haven Historic District, which is 13.5 miles from the closest turbine. These simulations show what visibility might be under “very clear conditions.”

Atlantic Shores Virtual Open House 020522, 021922

This site provides “Rooms” each room contains a presentation a topic like Visualization, Fishing the Environment, etc. There is a segment in the video where there is a discussion of visibility impacts from Beach Haven along with renderings.  The screenshots show renderings from Beach Haven on a day with “clear conditions” and another with ‘overcast conditions.”  This is for the initial project in the southern lease area.

Atlantic Shores Plan 020522, 021922

Atlantic Shores’ first project currently under review by BOEM is in the southern portion of the lease off of Atlantic City and that portion alone will include up to 200 turbines.  All of the details of the project can be found in Atlantic Shores’ COP which is on BOEM’s website. The COP is thousands of pages but Volume 1 gives a good straightforward description of the AS project and the Project Overview is only a few pages.  

Ocean Wind Construction and Operations Plan 020522, 021922

This provides the entire plan (COP) including the appendix which addresses the items covered in the solicitation.  Example – Appendix J – Marine Mammal Supplementary Material,  Note: some of the Appendix Appendix B – Safety Management System Contains Confidential Information – Not for Public Disclosure:

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. 

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.

BOEM will hold a wind energy auction on Feb. 23, 2022, – NY Bight 020522, 022622

On Jan. 12, 2022, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced that BOEM will hold a wind energy auction on Feb. 23, 2022, for more than 480,000 acres in the New York Bight. This will be the first offshore wind energy auction under the Biden-Harris Administration.

New Jersey Offshore Wind Solicitations 020522, 022622

Very comprehensive starting place. However, some of the information is somewhat dated. Information is categorized: Offshore Wind, Strategic Plan, BOEM, Solicitations, Transmission, Stakeholder Involvement

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)020522, 021922, 022622

The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) manages the responsible development of America’s offshore energy and mineral resources. The bureau promotes energy independence, environmental protection and economic development through responsible, science-based management of energy and mineral resources on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).

National Offshore Wind Strategy 020522, 021922

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), through its Wind Energy Technologies Office, and U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), through its Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), have jointly produced this updated national strategy to facilitate the responsible development of offshore wind energy in the United States. URL

US Army Corps of Engineers USACE New Jersey Back Bays Coastal Storm Risk Management Study 12922

New Jersey Back Bays Coastal Storm Risk Management StudyThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced the release of a draft report for the New Jersey Back Bays Coastal Storm Risk Management Study. The report outlines a ‘Tentatively Selected Plan’ framework, which includes three storm surge barriers, two cross-bay barriers, and the elevation of more than 18,000 structures to reduce the risk of flood damages associated with storm surge. It’s important to note that the plan is subject to change. It has not yet been approved by higher authorities, including Congress, and has not been funded for implementation at the federal or state level. URL

January 29, 2022

Impact of Inlet Closures on Surge Response in New Jersey Back Bays Mary A. Cialone, Gregory Slusarczyk 12922

The in-depth study presented in this paper includes numerical modeling and analysis of the effects of storm surge barriers (inlet closures) on water levels in the back bays of New Jersey during storm events. URL

United States Department of Commerce – NOAA Letter of November 10th, 2021 12922

Excerpt from the letter -We recognize that the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) (40 CFR 1508.28) and USACE (33 CFR 230.13) regulations allow NEPA studies for large, complex projects such as this one to be carried out in a multi-stage or “tiered” process and that NEPA documents prepared using this approach to describe the project and its impacts at a broader level while taking into account the full range of potential effects to both the human and natural environment. However, significant deficiencies exist in the document and in the coordination process used in its development. URL

Barnegat Bay Partnership letter of October 12, 2021 12922

Excerpt from the letter – We have significant concerns and questions about this report and the project currently proposed as the Tentatively Selected Plan (TSP). First, the project does not appear to meet the stated project management framework, resilient community, sustainable landscape, or risk to ecosystem reduction purposes. Second, the project description is both incomplete and inadequate to assess its scope, degree and extent of protection, and its benefits and impacts. URL

United States Department of the interior Letter of October 12th 2021 12922

Excerpt from the letter – The TSP identifies numerous strategies and alternatives throughout the Study Area to reduce coastal storm risk and the effects of SLC. The TSP also identifies numerous impacts to the aquatic environment, including the filling of over 154 acres of wetlands (Draft Integrated Report pp. xv), mud flats, submerged aquatic vegetation, and open waters of the Study Area and the potential for the TSP to impact water quality, tidal flow and regime, sediment transport, and the life stages of a variety of aquatic organisms and other wildlife that utilize the many habitats found in the Study Area. As described in more detail below, these impacts present risks to natural, cultural and recreational resources under the jurisdictional responsibilities of both the NPS and the Service. Both NPS and Service comments also identify significant concerns with the Draft Integrated Report’s data gaps, the Corps’ focus on structural alternatives to the neglect of non-structural alternatives, the lack of Nature URL

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection letter of October 12, 2021 12922

Excerpt from the letter – – A project of this scope and magnitude could have numerous environmental impacts throughout the NJBB region, the nature and extent of which must be identified prior to arriving at a final recommended plan. At this early stage in the planning process, it does not appear that the level of detail contained in the Tier 1 DEIS is sufficient to adequately assess the potential environmental impacts associated with the TSP. URL

United States Environmental Protection Agency letter of October 12, 2021 12922

Closing paragraph – At this stage USACE acknowledges that the TSP could have adverse impacts on aquatic and other resources, though additional studies are necessary to determine precise engineering components and associated impacts. Based on the current level of analysis, the project is expected to directly affect over 153 acres of aquatic habitat. It is anticipated that 170 to 256 acres of mitigation will be required to compensate for project-related impacts to the aquatic environment. URL

The MyCoast: New Jersey. Help Document our Changing Coast rlbi1

The MyCoast: New Jersey portal is used to collect and analyze photos of coastal events and places. Photos are linked to data about weather and tides to create reports that help stakeholders like government agencies, business owners, and residents to understand coastal change and make informed decisions. URL

November 1, 2021

5 Prepare yourself for flooding – 7 Min. rlbi1, 030522

Session 5 in a 5 Part series. In addition to looking out for your home and community, there are things to do to keep yourself safe in the time of flooding. Here are some simple yet important things to do.

4 Prepare you home for flooding – 8 Min. – rlbi1, 030522

Session 4 in a 5 part series. Living this close to nature, we need to understand what can happen and how to prepare our home to stand up to the elements. And realize that what we do, or don’t do, impacts our neighbors and our community.

3 Understand and visualize flooding – 10 Min. rlbi1, 030522

This shows some tools to help people see what is happening and to use “Flood Mapper” to set up a variety of conditions to see where the water will go.

1 Sharted Understanding of flooding – 8 Min rlbi1, 030522

Session 1 in a 5 part series. It explains the nature of the flooding that residents and visitors to Long Beach Island are experiencing. URL

Eye Opener – Seeing the Flooding – 3 Min.rlbi1

 Based on tidal flooding events during October of 2021, this session shows a number of flood problem areas in Surf City, NJ. The goal is to elevate awareness of the situation. rlbi1

Resilient LBI rlbi1, 031922

This is a “mooring” for the Resilient Long Beach Island (LBI) project, its research and findings, its outreach and recommendations. URL

October 18, 2021

Resilient NJ – Climate Resilience Design and Engineering rlbi2, 3522, 031922

The Bureau of Climate Resilience Design and Engineering (BCRDE), within the Climate and Flood Resilience Program, provides design, engineering, and construction support to New Jersey’s communities to improve climate resilience. This explains where RNJ fits into the big picture URL

BOEM Overview Meeting March 30, 2021 – Wind Energy

On March 30, 2021, BOEM published a Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Ocean Wind, LLC’s Proposed Wind Energy Facility Offshore New Jersey. BOEM’s scoping process is intended to identify what should be considered in the Ocean Wind COP EIS. Throughout the scoping process, there will be multiple opportunities to help BOEM determine the important resources and issues, impact-producing factors, reasonable alternatives, and potential mitigating measures that should be analyzed in the EIS. URL

September 19, 2021

Home Page New Jersey Back Bays Coastal Storm Risk Management Study Army Corps of Engineers rlbi3


August 31, 2021

New Jersey Back Bays Coastal Storm Risk Management Study Draft Feasibility Study and Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement (August 2021) ***note: report and appendices were modified on 23 AUG to adjust pagination, metadata, and formatting***rlbi3

The report outlines a ‘Tentatively Selected Plan’ framework, which includes three storm surge barriers, two cross-bay barriers, and the elevation of more than 18,000 structures to reduce the risk of flood damages associated with storm surge. It’s important to note that the plan is subject to change. It has not yet been approved by higher authorities, including Congress, and has not been funded for implementation at the federal or state level. URL

In a Summer of Deadly Deluges, New Research Shows How Global Warming Fuels Flooding rlbi2

In a Summer of Deadly Deluges, New Research Shows How Global Warming Fuels Flooding New attribution research shows that climate change primed the pump and increased the odds of deadly July floods in northwestern Europe. URL

August 25, 2021

Inside Clean Energy: Three Charts that Show the Energy Transition in 50 States

The Energy Information Administration reported last week that, for the first time ever, the United States generated more electricity from renewable sources in 2020 than from coal. URL

Loveladies Homeowners Association – Taxpayers Association

Through the Association you have an opportunity to meet and interact with your neighbors who have similar interests and concerns. URL

August 22, 2021

Surf City Taxpayer Association

Our Mission: Established in 1986, the Surf City Taxpayer Association (SCTA) is a non-profit, non-partisan, volunteer group of individuals dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all residents, visitors, and taxpayers of Surf City, through the following: • Facilitating communication between taxpayers and town officials • Organizing and executing Borough-wide civic and social activities • Supporting local charities and civic organizations • Working to ensure that our tax dollars are spent wisely • Making Surf City the most inviting and best town on LBI URL

Holgate Taxpayers Association

The HTA was founded in July of 1959 by a group of interested and concerned residents. The original name of the organization was the Beach Haven Inlet Taxpayer’s Association. The HTA provides a means of communication and information for property owners while monitoring the local governing body. We host an annual meeting with the township commisioners in June and publish newsletters in the spring and fall. URL

Foundation Talk on Wind Farms Boosts Economic Benefits 42421

Foundation Talk on Wind Farms Boosts Economic Benefits May 10, 2021 An hour-long online “Wind Power Talk” hosted by the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences on April 24 and moderated by Science Committee Chair Rick Bushnell was too short to answer all the questions by the 70-plus participants who joined via Zoom and will result in a couple of more scheduled talks, Bushnell said. He began by explaining the talk was for information purposes and not to foster a debate, but to foster “a feeling of understanding.” “In many environmental decisions there are often a series of trade-offs,” said Bushnell. URL

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

Coyotes in New Jersey: History, Ecology, and Management 060521

History of Coyotes in New Jersey, Eastern Coyote Ecology and Behavior, Eastern Coyote Ecology and Behavior, Human-Coyote Coexistence, Management Strategies, References – ByKathleen Kerwin, Program Associate, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources Kaci Shu, Doctoral student, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources Christian Crosby, Doctoral student, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources Brooke Maslo, Extension Specialist, Wildlife Ecology URL

July 3, 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

A modelling evaluation of electromagnetic fields emitted by buried subsea power cables and encountered by marine animals: considerations for marine renewable energy development – 042421

Abstract The expanding marine renewable energy industry will increase the prevalence of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) from power cables in coastal waters. Assessments of environmental impacts are required within licensing/permitting processes and increased prevalence of cables will increase questions concerning EMF emissions and potential cumulative impacts. URL

Rutgers Science and Technical Advisory Panel Report – 020621 EE1

Sea level rise projections by year and what they mean for flooding on our coast.

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Long Beach Township – Flood Awareness – 020621rlbi1

Flood Information – A wealth of information including flood awareness, regulations, preparedness, and insurance.

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Long Beach Island Coastal Storm Risk Management Project – 020621

The New Jersey Atlantic Ocean coastline extends from Sandy Hook to Cape May, New Jersey, covering a range of approximately 130 miles.  Ten federally authorized coastal storm risk management projects have been constructed along the Philadelphia District’s New Jersey coastline This site provides links to all the projects

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Orsted -042421

Learn more about Ørsted, the world’s most sustainable energy company URL

MyCoast: New Jersey

The MyCoast: New Jersey portal is used to collect and analyze photos of coastal events and places. Photos are linked to data about weather and tides to create reports that help stakeholders like government agencies, business owners, and residents to understand coastal change and make informed decisions. URL

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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, BENTHIC HABITAT MODIFICATIONS, PHYSICAL HABITAT MODIFICATION, PHYSICAL PROCESS MODIFICATION, FINFISH, SQUID, SHELLFISH, AND COMMUNITY INTERACTIONS, PHYTOPLANKTON & ZOOPLANKTON URL

April 28, 2021

Atlantic Offshore Wind Energy Development: Values and Implications for Recreation and Tourism – 042421, 020522

This report documents an effort to estimate the potential effect of offshore wind power on recreational beach use on the East Coast of the United States. This project was funded by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), which considers such effects when evaluating project approvals, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which has an interest in coastal and ocean resource use in the United States. URL

Conservation by Design 2.0 Guidance Document

The Nature Conservancy: This version of Conservation by Design, CbD 2.0, is centered on four key advances: 1) explicit consideration of linkages between people and nature, 2) design interventions focused on creating systemic change, 3) integration of spatial planning with the development of new conservation strategies, and 4) robustly drawing upon and building the evidence base for conservation. URL

Save LBI (Formerly The ‘LBI Coalition for Wind Without Impact’ )- 042421, 020522, 030423

Our coalition is led by Beach Haven resident Dr. Bob Stern, an engineer who previously managed the office in the U.S. Department of Energy that oversaw the protection of the environment as it relates to energy programs and projects. ​​Our goal is two-fold: -To ensure that the wind project off LBI is moved to the Hudson South call area – To ensure that a comprehensive assessment of the impact of this project on our marine ecosystem, fish, shellfish, marine life, commercial and recreational fishing and boating safety is completed before the project begins. URL

New Jersey Offshore Wind Solicitation #2 – 042421

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (“BPU” or “Board”) is soliciting Applications to secure Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Certificates (“ORECs”) targeting 1,200 MW to 2,400 MW of offshore wind capacity. The Board seeks to promote robust competition in this solicitation and future solicitations to support the continued development of the offshore wind industry in New Jersey. The BPU approved the solicitation on September 9, 2020. Click here to read the Board Order. The solicitation is driven by Executive Order Number 8, signed by Governor Philip D. Murphy on January 31, 2018, and Executive Order Number 92, signed by Governor Murphy on November 19, 2019. On February 28, 2020, Governor Murphy announced the offshore wind solicitation schedule to meet the 7,500 MW goal by 2035 that is set forth in Executive Order Number 92. Bidders are to use this website to access information about the solicitation, including the controlling documents, and ask questions of the BPU related to the solicitation, the answers to which will be posted to the Q&A page. URL

April 22, 2021

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) New Jersey Back Bays (NJBB) Coastal Storm Risk Management (CSRM) Interim Feasibility Study and Environmental Scoping Document – 04242, 020621, rlbi3

March 2019 – This presents a preliminary focused array of alternative plans that reduces risk to human life and flooding risk from coastal storms in the NJBB Region. URL

ROSA Research and Monitoring Recommendations – Wind Projects – 042421, 020522, 022622

ROSA has created this page to provide those involved with the alliance with resources that may be relevant to exploring the interactions between offshore wind and fisheries. URL

April 17, 2021

Opportunities for Public Participation in Offshore Wind Planning in New Jersey – 042421

February 2020 This guide provides New Jersey citizens with background information regarding the developing offshore wind energy sector, how to be engaged in that process, and links to additional resources. Prepared for the New Jersey Climate Change Alliance Matthew Campo, Senior Research Specialist, Environmental Analysis & Communications Group, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; and Carolyn Iwicki, Rutgers University PhD candidate Ecology and Evolution URL

Public Participation Road Map for Commercial Offshore Wind Development in Federal Waters – 042421

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (“BOEM”) works to identify potential areas for offshore wind development on the Outer Continental Shelf (“OCS”) based on extensive public input (the OCS is all submerged lands lying seaward of state coastal waters that are under U.S. jurisdiction). To ensure the process is as complete and transparent as possible, BOEM solicits public comments, convenes Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Forces (“Task Forces”) with interested states, and holds public meetings throughout the offshore wind development process. This documents explains the process. URL

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

FACT SHEET: Biden Administration Jumpstarts Offshore Wind Energy Projects to Create Jobs – 042421

MARCH 29, 2021 • STATEMENTS AND RELEASES Interior, Energy, Commerce, and Transportation Departments Announce New Leasing, Funding, and Development Goals to Accelerate and Deploy Offshore Wind Energy and Jobs URL

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April 12, 2021

Gather ‘Round and Talk Some Tempests; One Wind Farm Could Tell a Mighty Tale The Fish Story March 04, 2021 By JAY MANN

Article that provides some perspective on the March ’62 Storm, Super Storm Sandy and the Perfect Storm. It identifies the relationship between warmer sea water and more severe storms both earlier and later in the year. Further, it refers to wind energy as a trade off to fossil fuel. URL

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April 7, 2021

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 Center URL

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March 31, 2021

Project WET – Water Education Today

Advancing water education to understand global challenges and inspire local solutions. We envision a world in which action-oriented education enables everyone to understand and value water, ensuring a sustainable future. RCTB Comment – wonderful teaching aids. URL

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March 23, 2021

Environment New Jersey Research & Policy Center 042421, 030522

Environment New Jersey Research & Policy Center is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to protecting our air, water and open spaces. We investigate problems, craft solutions, educate the public and decision-makers, and help the public make their voices heard in local, state and national debates over the quality of our environment and our lives. URL

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March 22, 2021

The Institute for Energy Research (IER), EE1

The Institute for Energy Research (IER) is a not-for-profit organization that conducts intensive research and analysis on the functions, operations, and government regulation of global energy markets. IER maintains that freely-functioning energy markets provide the most efficient and effective solutions to today’s global energy and environmental challenges and, as such, are critical to the well-being of individuals and society. URL

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Watershed Maps and Mapping Resources

Barnegat Bay Partnership organizations offer interesting and useful maps of watershed resources. URL

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March 4, 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

Beneficial Use of Dredged Sediment To Restore Mordecai Island

The term “Beneficial Use” describes an alternative practice in which dredged sediments are used to support creation or enhancement of coastal habitats like beaches and estuarine wetlands, or in this case, coastal islands. This brief article explains the problem, the work, and the significance. URL

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“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

Know What the Locals Know About Coastal Flooding – High water, rlbi1

This page contains many links and is a valuable starting point for those who want to know how to deal with coastal flooding URL

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February 22, 2021

Pinelands Preservation Alliance EE

Pinelands Preservation Alliance, Pinelands Adventures, and Rancocas Creek Farm are dedicated to furthering justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in their staff and their work. We want everyone to enjoy the benefits the Pinelands provides through low-impact nature recreation, clean air and water, and its unique scenic beauty. URL

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February 14, 2021

Barnegat Bay Shellfish

The original goal of this website is to provide information about the various species of shellfish in Barnegat Bay and their environment. However, since everything is connected, the site provides more about other species that share the water in Barnegat, Manahawkin and Little Egg Harbor bays and information about the entire watershed URL

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January 20, 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


Beachgoers Indifferent to Wind Farms

A new study of beachgoers’ attitudes about having to look at offshore wind turbines from the sand found that most are indifferent to the installations at distances greater than five miles. URL


Mid-Atlantic Residents See Ocean Health as Major Economic Issue

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 – Monmouth University – Want More Government Action on Environment, Climate Change Protection WEST LONG BRANCH – Eight in 10 residents of Mid-Atlantic states believe the ocean and beaches are important to their economies, including 95% of those living in coastal communities. Report contains much more.

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December 31, 2020

Information Center

There is so much to know about living on the coast. Information Centers provide a great deal of information so you can continue to search on you own. This page is presented to enable people to search other links tagged with INFORMATION CENTER.

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Coastal Science

There is so much to know about living on the coast. The topic of COASTAL SCIENCE provide a great deal of information so you can continue to search on you own. This page is presented to enable people to search other links tagged with COASTAL SCIENCE

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Monmouth University – The Urban Coast Institute,

Monmouth University – The Urban Coast Institute is a leader in the fields of ocean planning and coastal law and policy. We are committed to supporting the implementation of coastal and ocean management actions and policies based on the best available science at the local, state and regional levels. URL

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On New Jersey’s barrier islands, a needed focus on saving bayside seashores rlbi2

NJ Spotlight News Article – A healthy oceanfront provides little solace for the bay sides of New Jersey’s barrier islands, where land elevation is lowest and most homes run to the water’s edge, protected from inundation by nothing more than bulkheads whose heights are becoming less effective with each centimeter of sea-level rise. Ask any local official on the Jersey Shore — or Army Corps engineer tasked with “solving” the state’s coastal-flooding issues — and they will tell you that it is no longer the oceanfront that keeps them up at night. The fight has fallen back to the long-ignored bay sides of the islands, and time is running out. The first clues on how this battle will unfold came with the Corps’ 2019 Back Bays study, which was born out of the wreckage of Superstorm Sandy. The report concluded that the state’s 950-square-mile back-bay region will soon be incurring $1.57 billion in annual damages if drastic flood-mitigation measures are not implemented. Squeezed between pages on proposals for colossal infrastructure, like storm-surge barriers and floodgates, was a section exploring something less traditional and distinctly Dutch: nature-based features, like marshland restoration. While the study’s proposed $21 billion worth of storm-surge barriers spanning […]

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December 30, 2020


The purpose of the pilot project is to maintain the Barnegat inlet Federal navigation channel while using the dredged material beneficially through strategic placement in the nearshore zone fronting the Atlantic Ocean beach of the northern portion of Long Beach Island, New Jersey. URL

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December 26, 2020

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

Just Beneath the Surface

“Just Beneath the Surface” is a mini-documentary series focusing on the Long Beach Island Region as you’ve never seen it. It portrays the best of the outdoors and cultural elements of this area through a new lens, telling stories with cutting edge, quality, high resolution, underwater, and aerial images. URL

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November 26, 2020

The Marine Mammal Stranding Center, EE1

Rescue, Rehabilitate, Release, Preserve The Marine Mammal Stranding Center is dedicated to responding to marine mammals and sea turtles in distress along all of New Jersey’s waterways and to the rehabilitation of these animals for release back into the wild. In situations where animals may not be released, every effort is made to secure a proper, enriching facility to provide lifetime care. We are further committed to the well-being of marine mammals and to inspire responsible stewardship of our oceans through educational programs and collaboration. URL

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October 30, 2020

New Jersey Organizing Project

New Jersey Organizing Project is a grassroots organization made up of people like you – we stand up for New Jersey’s Shore regions and South Jersey. We connect and train community members to participate in the decision-making processes that affect their daily lives. This is a Center of information with many useful links URL

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October 29, 2020

NY/NJ Baykeeper, EE

NY/NJ Baykeeper is the citizen guardian of the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary. Since 1989, we’ve worked to protect, preserve and restore the ecological integrity and productivity of the waterways and habitats in the most urban estuary on Earth URL


Beach Replenishment In Harvy Cedars on Long Beach Island – LBI

Lots of information about the impact of ocean beach replenishment and impact on surfing. Written by Jon Coen, a surfer himself URL

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En-Roads By Climate Interactive- 042421

En-ROADS is a transparent, freely-available policy simulation model that provides policymakers, educators, businesses, the media, and the public with the ability to explore, for themselves, the likely consequences of energy, economic growth, land use, and other policies and uncertainties, with the goal of improving their understanding. This is a Center of information with many useful links URL

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October 21, 2020

Climate Change NJ rlbi2, 021222

This is a very valuable starting point. New Jersey is working to address and mitigate the impacts of climate change. Information Center URL

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October 20, 2020

Climate Interactive rlbi2

Gate way to very useful interactive tools. Climate Interactive is an independent, not-for-profit think-tank that grew out of MIT Sloan in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Based on a long tradition of system dynamics modeling, our simulations and insights help people see connections, play out scenarios, and see what works to address climate change, inequity, and related issues like energy, health, and food. URL

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October 17, 2020

Climate Change 101 for New Jersey rlbi2, 030522, 021222


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October 9, 2020

Sea Level Rise In New Jersey rlbi1

Presented in the summer of 2020 – A “must” starting place on the topic that includes the problem, the reason, and what can and is being done – Dr. Robert Kopp, Director of the Rutgers Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, shares the latest information on sea level rise (SLR), changing coastal storms, and the resulting flood risk from a regional perspective. QBD URL


October 7, 2020

The New Jersey Climate Change Resource Center rlbi2, 31222, EE1

The New Jersey Climate Change Resource Center was established by statute in January 2020 to “create and support the use of impartial and actionable science to advance government, public, private, and nongovernmental sector efforts to adapt to, and mitigate, a changing climate.” To that end, our mission is to: Conduct research with real-world applications to New Jersey’s most pressing climate-related challenges; Create planning tools, develop technical guidance, undertake pilot projects, and provide practical support for addressing climate change in New Jersey; Connect actionable research to policymakers, planners, practitioners, the media, communities, students, and other individuals through outreach, training, and education. URL

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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. 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 Please note that the Marine Issue of the Fish and Wildlife DIGEST is published in May and the regulations contained in it are accurate at the time of publication. However, regulations may change after publication. For the latest and most up-to-date information on current or pending salt water regulations, visit the Regulations page. URL

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


The article contain all you need to know about the benefits and risks of eating oysters

June 17, 2020

Save Barnegat Bay, EE1

Save Barnegat Bay was founded in 1971 with the mission to restore and protect the Barnegat Bay and its ecosystem. We advance our mission by being a strong and independent voice for the Bay throughout the watershed, including all of Ocean and part of Monmouth Counties. URL

What Do You Think of BIG Oysters?

Advisory. This link may not work on all computers This article is not about the Barnegat Bay Watershed but it puts a very interesting “spin” on big oysters, wherever you get them. Oh, and it tells why some real science indicates that oysters, large of small, are really good for you. URL


May 23, 2020

Planning Living Shorelines Projects in New Jersey

This guide provides information and resources on the key steps in identifying, planning, and implementing living shorelines in your community. URL

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May 22, 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

Tide Chart for Seaside Park

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

Tide Chart for Island Beach IBSP

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

Tide Chart for Barnegat Light

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

Tide Chart for Waretown

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

Tide Chart for North Beach

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

Tide Chart for Beach Haven Crest

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

Tide Chart for Tuckerton Creek Entrance

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

Engineering With Nature

EWN Initiative Engineering With Nature is the intentional alignment of natural and engineering processes to efficiently and sustainably deliver economic, environmental, and social benefits through collaborative processes.this provides links to an Atlas of Projects Army Corps of Engineers US ACE Rick

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November 27, 2019

National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System – CRS

The National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS) is a voluntary incentive program that recognizes and encourages community floodplain management activities that exceed the minimum NFIP requirements.


October 28, 2019

The New York – New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program (HEP), EE1

The New York – New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program (HEP) brings the benefits of the Clean Water Act to the people who live, work, and recreate on our shared waterways. HEP decisions and activities are carried out by staff and partners organized through the committees and work groups.

October 16, 2019

New Jersey Pinelands Commission EE1

The New Jersey Pinelands Commission is an independent state agency whose mission is to “preserve, protect, and enhance the natural and cultural resources of the Pinelands National Reserve, and to encourage compatible economic and other human activities consistent with that purpose.”

Stevens Flood Advisory System – 020621 rlbi1

This is a comprehensive flood projection the is based on wind, current, and tide. The tool provides forecasts on many locations. This link is for what they call the East Thorofare at Ship Bottom NJ but you can select others. Rick


October 13, 2019

The Wetlands Institute 030522

Mission Statement: – To promote appreciation, understanding & stewardship of wetlands and coastal ecosystems through our programs in research, conservation, and education. Goals – Teach people of all ages the value of wetlands and coastal ecosystems for the survival of life on earth Conduct cutting-edge research regarding wetlands and coastal ecosystems Encourage stewardship of these ecosystems worldwide

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October 9, 2019


Navigation and Nature: Philaelphia District took action to restore navigation after Sandy, but also looked for opportunities to assist with shoreline & ecosystem recovery and build coastal system resilience with clean dredged sediment Monica Chasten, Project Manager, Operations Division U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) Philadelphia District

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Flooding is expected to become more frequent along the barrier island – rlbi1, High Water

September of 2019 – Deals with flooding on Long Beach Island – Amanda Oglesby, Asbury Park Press USA TODAY NETWORK – NEW JERSEY

September 14, 2019

Mordecai Land Trust 030522, EE1

A community-based organization Is using a living shoreline to preserve Mordecai Island as a habitat for breeding and migratory species of indigenous birds and fish and to protect large portions of Beach Haven from flooding. Rick

September 13, 2019

Empower NJ Fighting Climate Change in NJ rlbi2

Empower NJ is a growing coalition of more than 50 environmental and grassroots groups, formed to advocate for an immediate moratorium on all new fossil fuel projects. This is their report supporting a moratorium on fossil fuels.


September 3, 2019

NJ DEP Barnegat Bay, Phase Two: Moving Science into Action – Text and Video

The NJDEP Office of Science working with the Science Advisory Board, state universities, the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Barnegat Bay Partnership developed and is funding additional research projects to address data gaps. The research agenda that has emerged will help address how we improve water quality and advance habitat restoration on the Bay, and establish baseline conditions of the Bay. Rick


September 1, 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 play a major role in the management and cooperative research process.

Clean Ocean Action – 042421, EE1

Clean Ocean Action is a leading national and regional voice working to protect waterways using science, law, research, education, and citizen action. Rick


Conserve Wildlife of NJ 030522, EE1

Conserve Wildlife of New Jersey has a rich biodiversity that belies its small size and urban reputation. In every corner of our state, species of wildlife, considered rare and imperiled enough to be protected by state or federal law, are woven in to the tapestry of life in our state. It is our duty, and our privilege, to protect these species. We gather the best science, tried and true conservation techniques, innovative education activities and an engaged corps of willing volunteers Rick


Barnegat Bay Partnership 030522 EE1

The Barnegat Bay Partnership (formerly the Barnegat Bay National Estuary Program) is 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 natural resources of the Barnegat Bay ecosystem. Rick

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August 30, 2019

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. 

Jersey-Friendly Yards – Landscaping for a Healthy Environment

Native plants help conserve and filter water, provide habitat for native wildlife, protect soil resources, and reduce the costs and environmental impacts associated with fertilizers and pesticides.

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New Jersey Invasive Species Council, EE1

To address growing concerns about invasive species, state officials convened the New Jersey Invasive Species Council to coordinate and guide invasive species activities throughout New Jersey and to act as a liaison for regional and national cooperative efforts.

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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.


Nature Conservancy Shoreline Projects

Contains a map that currently has 209 restoration sites that have been submitted to the database. The sites can be accessed either by pressing on a location or by scrolling through the project list. Each location includes a summary, photos and details such as techniques used, data collected, habitats, species and project objectives. There is also an option to filter your search.

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Getting to Resilience 030522, 031922

ENABLING COMMUNITIES TO BE PREPARED AND MORE RESILIENT. This provided a starting point leading to the Resilient LBI Program. This online self assessment process is a tool to assist communities to reduce vulnerability and increase preparedness by linking planning, mitigation, and adaptation. Through this assessment you will find out how your preparedness can be worth valuable points through FEMA’s Community Rating System and Sustainable Jersey. William

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August 24, 2019

Nature Based Solutions

  The purpose of this guide is to help communities utilize the right RFP language that will increase the quality and variety of the resulting proposals in favor of those that use nature-based or other innovative solutions that increase resiliency and provide additional public benefits related to managing flood and stormwater hazards. William

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Living Shorelines And Resiliency Planning

Coastal is a decision support tool that incorporates the best available science and local data to enable communities and conservation practitioners to identify nature-based solutions for enhancing resilience and reducing risk where possible. For additional project information, visit the New Jersey home page.


Ecological Solutions to Coastal Communities

This report advances practices designed to help coastal communities become safer and more sustainable using nature based solutions that work with, rather than against, nature.  William

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RCTB Volunteer Spotlight 030522

RCTB Volunteer Spotlight on Dominic Tumas: “About seven years ago I discovered ReClam the Bay and have been very active ever since. I not only get to do something that helps the #environment and interact with the public, but I also made friends with a large number of great people. I believe the most enjoyable part of volunteering last year was the interaction with the hundreds of drop-in guests and volunteers that we get at our Beach Haven upweller. After explaining what we do, how we do it–and especially the results of what we do–you hear the reactions from them. That is the most rewarding part of volunteering with ReClam the Bay!”

March 16, 2018

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