NY/NJ Baykeeper to deploy 1.5 million oysters to expand Living Shoreline
As part of its mission to construct the New Jersey portion of Raritan Bay’s first Living Shoreline, NY/NJ Baykeeper will be conducting an oyster deployment and oyster castle installation (concrete oyster “homes”) on Monday, August 13.
Approximately 1.5 million juvenile oysters will be transported from Leonardo State Marina aboard the Baykeeper patrol boat and taken to the Living Shoreline at Naval Weapons Station Earle (NWSE), where the fledgling oysters will be introduced by NY/NJ Baykeeper’s team of scientists.
NY/NJ Baykeeper cultivates juvenile oysters at the NWSE facility, where the oyster larvae are grown and then released onto NY/NJ Baykeeper’s oyster reefs in Raritan Bay and monitored for growth and survivorship.
The oyster is now functionally extinct in the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary due to rampant development, over-harvesting and pollution. NY/NJ Baykeeper is working to restore the oyster population for the many benefits this vital species provides, including protecting the coastline against erosion, serving as speed bumps for waves during storms and acting as natural water filters.
NY/NJ Baykeeper has restored 3.5 million oysters back to NY-NJ Harbor Estuary waters with 200,000 – 500,000 new oysters introduced annually through its oyster restoration program.
The event will be held on Monday, August 13 from 2 pm to 2:30 pm at the Leonardo State Marina on Concord Avenue in Leonardo.
NY/NJ Baykeeper's mission is to protect, preserve and restore the ecological integrity and productivity of the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary. NY/NJ Baykeeper fights to protect the health of local waterways through advocacy campaigns, legal actions and boat programs.