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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

February 24, 2024

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

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

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

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

Stockton to Monitor New Mill Creek Oyster Reef

Restoration Efforts Expand with a Second Reef Christine Thompson, assistant associate professor of Marine Science, and students will track the growth and survivorship of the oysters that were planted by Dale Parsons, a fifth-generation oyster farmer of Parsons Seafood in Tuckerton, and how they improve water quality. URL

August 14, 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 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

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.

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.

March 14, 2022

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

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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May 29, 2021

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

April 28, 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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March 3, 2021

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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December 31, 2020

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

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

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


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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October 9, 2019

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

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


August 31, 2019

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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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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August 25, 2019


Learn about living shorelines – what they are, how they are designed and built, and how they serve our coastal habitats and communities. Whether you are a property owner looking for alternatives to mitigate erosion on your shoreline property, or a contractor or a policy maker looking to gain more in depth knowledge about the design and permitting of living shorelines, on this site you can find a course, project databases, literature and additional resources to help you achieve those goals.This site has some very useful information. It deals mainly with Georgia, North and South Carolina, and the Chesapeak

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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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August 24, 2019

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.


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