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IMAGE Deep Cut Gardens to Host 2014 Rose Show
Thursday, 21 August 2014
PHOTO: The Jersey Shore Rose Society’s 43rd Annual Rose Show will take place Saturday, September 13 at DeepCutGardens, Middletown. Visitors... Read More...
IMAGE West Long Branch Woman a Finalist on ABC Singing Competition Show
Thursday, 21 August 2014
LOS ANGELES, CA - This Sunday, New Jersey native Audrey Kate Geiger will take the stage for her final performance on “Rising Star,” a new singing... Read More...
IMAGE MC Park System Offers Trail Maintenance Training
Thursday, 21 August 2014
PICTURED - The Monmouth County Park System’s Volunteer Trails Team in action. LINCROFT, NJ  — Thought you missed your chance to become part... Read More...
IMAGE Victims of Triple Fatal Crash Identified
Wednesday, 20 August 2014
Surviving Crash Victim Remains in Extremely Critical Condition at Local Hospital FREEHOLD, NJ - The deceased victims of Tuesday’s triple fatal... Read More...
IMAGE Deputy Chief Craig Weber Selected as New Police Chief
Tuesday, 19 August 2014
PHOTO: Middletown Police Chief R. Craig Weber MIDDLETOWN, NJ - Deputy Chief R. Craig Weber, a life-long township resident, has been unanimously... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE No Words to Describe Loss of Amanda
by Anne Mikolay
Thursday, 21 August 2014
It's not always easy to come up with a weekly topic for this column. Usually, I mentally bat around a few ideas based upon current events or personal... Read More...
IMAGE Skewed View - August 16, 2014
by Tom Brennan
Saturday, 16 August 2014
Man calls 911 because a drug dealer is at the corner.  Wait, no, that's a street sign: http://bit.ly/1kBfhVf Why did the chicken cross the road?... Read More...
IMAGE Faith Plays Big Role with Mom
by Daniel J. Vance
Friday, 15 August 2014
Every now and then, a person featured here attributes faith as pivotal in their being able to cope with disability—one in themselves or family... Read More...
IMAGE Sending the Last Child to College
by George Hancock-Stefan
Friday, 15 August 2014
This week, our last (fourth) daughter will leave us for college.  Three have already graduated from college and the last one is quasi-ready to... Read More...
IMAGE Bottom of the Barrel – The Mother of all Smokescreens
by Woody Zimmerman
Wednesday, 13 August 2014
More than any president in living memory – and probably more than most presidents in non-living memory – Barack Hussein Obama has repeatedly... Read More...

Upcoming Events

Thu Aug 21 @ 7:00PM -
The Dead Beat Poet Society
Thu Aug 21 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Free Summer Concert - Manalapan
Sat Aug 23 @12:30PM - 03:30PM
Jersey Shore Rose Society Meets
Thu Aug 28 @ 9:00AM - 11:00AM
Middletown Mayor Open Office Hours
Tue Sep 02 @ 8:00PM -
Middletown Township Committee Workshop

Keyport, New Jersey -  NY/NJ Baykeeper has been awarded a contract in the amount of $155,676.60 from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in support of the NY/NJ Baykeeper Oyster Restoration Program. This funding will allow Baykeeper to evaluate three oyster support structures to determine which will provide the highest over-winter survival and growth rates.  The research project will be hosted at Naval Weapons Station Earle in Sandy Hook Bay.  Baykeeper recently received a permit from New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to utilize 10.7 acres of Navy property for to expand oyster restoration and research."

Baykeeper and the Rutgers Center for Urban Environmental Sustainability will construct a new experimental oyster reef using three types of oyster support structures, 1) Reefblk, 2) Reef Ball, and 3) a cargo pallet. The structure with the highest survival rate will then house oysters in order to study long term survival, reproduction, reef biodiversity, and water quality. Assuming that survival is high, in coming years, Baykeeper will continue adding to the restoration area in one-to-two acre increments. Monitoring will continue for a minimum of five years.

"We thank the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for recognizing the value of our oyster work and funding this important research," said Baykeeper Debbie Mans. "Between the Navy graciously hosting our scientists, receiving the permit from NJ DEP, and receiving this infusion of funding, this project has tremendous momentum," Mans added.  

In 2010, NJ DEP banned research, restoration, and education projects using oysters in waters classified as "Restricted" or "Prohibited" for shellfish harvesting. This essentially deems the vast majority of the waters from northern New Jersey to Monmouth County off-limits for oyster restoration.  As a result, NY/NJ Baykeeper approached the Navy about placing oyster nets at Naval Weapons Station Earle, which is under 24/7 security, and therefore eliminates any poaching risk and began oyster survival research at Earle in October, 2011. Baykeeper received over 3,000 signatures on a petition asking NJ DEP to lift the ban.   

Oysters are vital to the ecological integrity of the Hudson-Raritan Estuary and Baykeeper has been working to restore oyster beds in NY and NJ waters since 1999.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Hudson-Raritan Estuary Comprehensive Restoration Plan (CRP) calls for oyster restoration in the Hudson-Raritan Estuary, primarily in the Raritan Bay.  The oyster nets at Naval Weapons Station Earle furthered Baykeeper and Rutgers' scientific work to test the viability of that restoration plan.