RED BANK, NJ – As part of its mission to restore the oyster population in Raritan Bay, NY/NJ Baykeeper will be conducting an oyster castle (concrete oyster “homes”) deployment and installation on Tuesday, July 16th.

Approximately 1 million juvenile oysters will be transported from Leonardo State Marina aboard the Baykeeper patrol boat and taken to the Living Shoreline at Naval Weapons Station Earle (NWSE), where the fledgling oysters will be introduced by NY/NJ Baykeeper’s team of scientists.

NY/NJ Baykeeper cultivates juvenile oysters at the aquaculture facility at NWSE, where the oyster larvae are grown and then released onto Baykeeper’s Living Shoreline in Raritan Bay and monitored for growth and survivorship. Alongside monitoring survivorship and growth, NY/NJ Baykeeper’s Restoration Team also monitors water quality and studies biodiversity around the reef.

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Oyster Restoration

The oyster is now functionally extinct in the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary due to rampant development, over-harvesting and pollution. NY/NJ Baykeeper was the pioneer of oyster restoration in New Jersey’s portion of the Raritan Bay and created the very first Living Shoreline there.

NY/NJ Baykeeper is working to restore the oyster population for the many benefits this vital species provides, including protecting the coastline against erosion, serving as speed bumps for waves during storms, acting as natural water filters and adding habitat for marine life.

NY/NJ Baykeeper has restored more than 3.5 million oysters back to NY-NJ Harbor Estuary waters.

When: Tuesday, July 16th, 12:00-12:30 pm (Rain date: Thursday, July 18th, 1:30 pm)

Where: Leonardo State Marina, 102 Concord Avenue, Leonardo NJ 07737

Who: NY/NJ Baykeeper Restoration Program Director Meredith Comi, NY/NJ Baykeeper Captain Pete Cangeloso, Raritan Riverkeeper Bill Schultz, NY/NJ Baykeeper Diving Team

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