NY/NJ Baykeeper group, received the funds which will use it to rebuild and relocate an aquaculture building destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, from Bama Works Fund. Many of their nets holding the oysters were ripped from the Earle Navy Pier. They will use the funds to move forward with their second phase, which includes testing of three different oyster support structures to determine which structure produces the highest survival and growth rates.
The Aquaculture Facility in Highlands was built in partnership with Bahrs Landing Restaurant, Brookdale Community College Sandy Hook Field Station, and the NOAA Restoration Center.
Oyster restoration is recognized as a very important coastal restoration technique and can also help in coastal flooding. The beds would absorb storm surge and constrain rising waters.
Do you know why we won’t use Oysters to assist in flood mitigation in Highlands? Poachers. NJDEP claims that if the population of a “commercial viable species”, such as the oyster, is increased in waters that are unsafe for shellfish harvest that people will illegally harvest the oysters.