We are all about Shellfish
RCTB engages people in growing shellfish from tiny seeds (the size of a pencil point) in June to the size of an M&M candy by October.
We also conduct remote sets where we enable oyster larvae to set on recycled clam and oyster shells. We fill and deploy bags of recycled shells into the bay to stabilize shorelines and catch natural spat from wild oysters. This close involvement establishes a sense of caring (stewardship) that helps people see the reason to change behavior firsthand.
RCTB is more than an endeavor to restock a decimated shellfish population. A critical part of our mission is forming and supporting partnerships with academics, municipalities, citizen groups and other environmental organizations in order to educate the public. This empowers and energizes them to make changes to their life style to improve the quality and resilience of the bay.
We grow shellfish, mostly seed clams and oysters to stock our local bay while we teach everyone how important and fragile the shellfish population and our environment really is.
Raising Happy Shellfish
Services Shellfish Provide
Everything is Connected
Investing in the Watershed
Last year, RCTB volunteers collectively devoted over 6,500 hours of service to the Barnegat Bay Watershed.
Stabilizing shorelines is just one of the related activities necessary to make our estuary more resilient.
Committed to Education
Our education sessions have three main goals:
1) Teach how the clams and oysters that we grow improve the quality of the bay.
2) Raise awareness on how people can be proactive and make changes to their lifestyle to help the bay.
3) Stimulate them to action.
Historically, RCTB emphasized one major problem: too much nitrogen causing both healthy and unhealthy algae to grow beyond nature’s ability to reach a balance. Since clams and oysters are filter feeders, their natural feeding process has a positive effect on the nitrogen in the bay. Over the past few years, and with a greater interest in coastal resilience post-Superstorm Sandy (2012), RCTB sessions include explaining the many benefits that shellfish provide. They include shoreline stabilization, providing habitat for other species, which supports biodiversity and the economic benefits of a now growing shellfish industry. We explain that oyster and clam farmers practice sustainable harvesting, a clear benefit to the environment, and the fact that they are the first line of environmental observation.
Shellfish in the Classroom
Family Learning Activities
Educational Field Trips
Fairs and Festivals