Environmental organization deploys 1 million oysters at N.J. ‘living shoreline’

Oysters, NJ environment news

JUSTIN AUCIELLO / WHYY – An environmental organization and the U.S. Navy teamed up Tuesday to deploy one million juvenile oysters at a “living shoreline” at Naval Weapons Station Earle on the northern New Jersey coast.

NY/NJ Baykeeper representatives say the New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary was once home to millions of acres of oyster beds that are now functionally extinct due to development, overharvesting, and pollution.

Its team is working to restore the oyster population in the Raritan Bay as part of its living shoreline plan, which serves to protect against erosion, slow down waves during storms, and provide a habitat for marine life.

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