BaySave Corporation

 

This new environmental education program is now available to groups and organizations in the Delaware Valley. If your group or organization wishes to schedule a presentation please contact Tony Novak.

Community-Based Oyster Restoration in the Delaware Bay

Summary

This program covers the current state of oyster restoration in the NJ waters of the Delaware Bay, the status of currently proposed legislative actions and the potential future of community-based oyster restoration movement.

Abstract

In the summer of 2010 New Jersey became the only state in the nation to make oyster restoration illegal and halted permits for all types of shellfish research. All agree that oyster restoration is a key strategic goal to control water pollution, yet financial pressures from the commercial shellfish industry currently prevail over the objections of the state's environmentalists.

This program covers:

1) the bizarre series of events that led up to the "oyster massacre" at Raritan Bay in August 2010,

2) the current legislative proposals to fix the problem and,

3) the potential for New Jersey to adopt exciting technologies and community-based projects to restore the NJ oyster population.

Program

The program is typically 20-30 minutes with one or two presenter's depending on availability.

A second presenter with experience in Maryland's restoration program may be available.

A teacher's guide is available on request.