LITTLE EGG HARBOR, NJ - Coastal Communities face the constant challenges from erosion of their shoreline. Living Shorelines have become a natural way to stabilize, introduce food production and improve water quality. Southern Ocean County is home to dedicated volunteers who comprise the nonprofit group ReClam the Bay. This local organization has been chosen to help turn a rock jetty coast in Little Egg Harbor into a sustainable hybrid living shoreline. They will be placing oyster larvae grown on clam shells between rocks; which will create a healthier underwater habitat. Representatives will be keeping Tapinto updated throughout the process which will take two summers to complete.
According to the ReClam the Bay website, their members and volunteers devoted over 6500 hours of service to the Barnegat Bay watershed. The investment made between cash donations and in kind services ReClam provided over a million shellfish in Barnegat, Manahawkin, and Little Egg Harbor Bays. When not involved with shellfish production, the volunteers spend time doing education and outreach of their mission to impact the future of the bay through estuary's water quality and the importance of shellfish.
Reclam the Bay is a key component of the Passport of LBI program, which invites everyone to get to know local science and culture organizations. ReClam maintains upwellers and a Giant Clam Trail for all ages to further learn about the importance of what is happening within our natural environment. The Clam Trail was one of the group's first fundraisers, and features over 30 decorated 5 1/2 ft clams that are placed around the estuary with help of business sponsors. Find out more regarding ReClam and their efforts at on their website. https://reclamthebay.org/