oystersMONMOUTH BEACH, NJ - The Hudson-Raritan Estuary in general and the Navesink River in particular, were, up to the 1900's, a major source of oysters for New York City and the surrounding area. After 1900 the oyster population declined to almost zero. Here is an opportunity to hear what a local organization is doing the bring the oyster back to our area.

Come join us at Monmouth Beach Cultural Center, Ocean Ave, Monmouth Beach on Wednesday, May 29th. 7:15 PM - Light refreshments. 7:45 PM - Meeting starts.

Meredith Comi, Oyster Restoration Program Director at NY-NJ Baykeeper is our speaker. She will describe the history and biology of the oyster in the Hudson-Raritan Estuary, including reasons for it's decline, and the Baykeeper's oyster restoration projects.

She will explain the NJ-DEP's ban in the summer 2010 of the oyster restoration project in the Navesink, and the more recent havok caused by super storm Sandy. The project is being restarted at NWS Earle and she will describe plans and progress to date.