Navy teams with NY/NJ Baykeeper to help increase oyster population

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Oysters, NJ environment news

NEWS 12 NJ – The United States Navy and the NY/NJ Baykeeper are teaming up to help increase the oyster population in New Jersey.

News 12 New Jersey caught up with Navy sailors as they loaded up a boat at the Leonardo State Marina with thousands of tiny, baby oysters attached to cement blocks. The blocks will be seeded at the bottom of the Raritan Bay.

The project is part of an effort to build an experimental oyster reef at Naval Weapons Station Earle. It’s an attempt to re-establish oysters in Raritan Bay, where they once comprised miles of reefs. The reef was wiped out by the 1920s from overfishing, pollution and disease …

 

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