Biologists hope new oyster farm will heal Barnegat Bay

Biologists hope a new oyster colony will heal Barnegat Bay.

Biologists hope a new oyster colony will heal Barnegat Bay. (6/26/15)

BARNEGAT BAY - The American Littoral Society is hoping to grow a new oyster colony in the Barnegat Bay. The bay used to contain 12,000 acres of oyster reefs, however, today only half an acre remains.

Dr. Christine Thompson, a biologist and oyster expert with the American Littoral Society, is hoping to get the new colony started.

"The idea is to have them protected, and then they're going to go big," says Thompson. "And in about a month, we're going to take them out to our reef on Good Luck Point." 

The baby oysters are only the size of a grain of sand, but are currently able to swim.

"They are ready to become adults, but in order to do that, they need a hard shell to set on," Thompson says.

Capt. Al Modjeski is Program Director of Habitat Restoration, and he says that the bay is dying.

"The water quality is not as good as it could be, and this is because of some of the stress put on it by the human built environment," he says.

Oyster habitats worldwide have decreased by 85 percent, according to experts.

The hope is that the oysters will help restore the bay, by building a reef. Each oyster will filter 50 gallons of water daily. Their survival means other species can thrive, including humans.

The baby oysters will be moved into the bay next month once they are a little older and more able to defend against predators.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

The Majestic Lanes bowling alley was damaged when 1 Driver crashes into Woodbridge bowling alley
Mikayla Raji, 8, paid for a Jamesburg police 2 Girl whose father was killed in line of duty buys officer dinner
Preston Taylor admits his involvement in the disappearance 3 Childhood friend admits helping to dispose of missing woman’s body
Computer issues have prevented some Newark city employees 4 Computer issues prevent Newark city employees from being paid
Students, parents and faculty at a Bayonne high 5 Bayonne's Marist High School faces fundraising deadline to stay open

advertisement | advertise on News 12


It's good to know you have Walt Kane Kane in Your Corner

It's good to know you have Walt Kane in your corner.

News 12 takes a look at the hottest Tech Check

Eric Landskroner has a look at the latest gadgets and biggest stories in tech.

News 12 On the Scene

Check out these exclusive videos from New Jersey celebs!

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.