MATAWAN, NJ — NY/NJ Baykeeper has been recognized by the Monmouth County Planning Board for constructing the first “living shoreline” of oysters in New Jersey’s portion of the Raritan Bay.
The Matawan-based environmental organization was recently presented with the board’s 2018 Merit Award for “making a significant contribution to the advancement of planning in Monmouth County.”
In 2016, the NY/NJ Baykeeper teamed with Rutgers University Center for Urban Environmental Sustainability to install a nearly one-acre living shoreline adjacent to Ware Creek at Naval Weapons Station Earle, where juvenile oysters are produced at its Aquaculture Facility.
These oysters were then set on vertical oyster reef structures, or castles, protected from storm energies and soil erosion. A year later, the oysters were found to be naturally reproducing on the reef, with millions of oysters having grown and spawned, with larvae settling back on the reef — all indicators of a healthy habitat.
“For about two decades, NY/NJ Baykeeper has been working to restore oyster beds in the Hudson-Raritan Estuary,” said NY/NJ Baykeeper Board Chair Judge John D’Amico. “Our oyster reef restoration project at the Naval Weapons Station Earle in Sandy Hook Bay helps clean the water, creates more habitat for a variety of aquatic organisms, and provides a natural method of reducing shoreline erosion."
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