Oyster Farms, Shorebird Vie for Space on NJ Bay Beaches

Oyster farming is the kind of business an environmentalist should love: it doesn’t use harmful chemicals or deplete natural resources, and the locally grown shellfish actually help clean the water… The 17 farms in the area produced 1.6 million oysters in 2014, the most recent figures available, bringing just under $1 million to growers, according to Dave Bushek, director of the Haskins Shellfish Research Laboratory at Rutgers University.

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OYSTERS & KNOTS

"Here are some bags ready to be split," says Brian Harman on a warm, sunny day last October before lifting a 40-pound bag and smiling at the tinkling sound made by the jostling of some 250 oysters. He wears black rubber boots that rise just a few inches short of the bottom of the back pockets on his blue jeans. He’s got on a T-shirt that says "Eat Oysters," sunglasses to cut the glare, and blue work gloves… The industry began to recover, thanks to an MSX-resistant oyster developed by the Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory at Rutgers, but in 1990 another oyster scourge, Dermo, hit oysters hard yet again. The Rutgers lab again rose to the challenge, selecting for Dermo resistance and maintaining its successful breeding program. The lab would also lend a helping hand in the launch of the Atlantic Capes Fisheries oyster-rack system by the end of the ’90s… "We can all take the same species of oyster from the same hatchery source and end up with a different-tasting oyster," confirms Lisa Calvo, who farms oysters with her husband in the lower Delaware Bay. (Branded as "Sweet Amalias," after their daughter, the couple sells them directly to a handful of Philadelphia restaurants.) Calvo is also the aquaculture extension program coordinator at the Haskin Shellfish Research Lab and knows well the important role that oysters play in a healthy bay ecosystem.

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Rutgers Cooperative Extension Held Wellness Night for ‘Grandparents Raising Grandchildren’

Rutgers Cooperative Extension’s Family and Community Health Sciences (FCHS) Department held its annual Wellness Night for the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group on March 22, 2016. The special evening, of pampering services for the grandparents, took place at the Cape May County Technical School District… Marilou Rochford, FCHS Educator, said, "This partnership between FCHS and the Cosmetology Program of the Cape May County Technical School District not only provides services for the grandparents but also provides an opportunity for the Cosmetology students to gain practical experience while studying their chosen field." Rochford added, "This event has traditionally been a fun night for everyone, including the Cosmetology Program students."

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Partaking in the Rebirth of the East Coast Oyster

French poet Leon-Paul Fargue wrote "Eating oysters is like kissing the sea on the lips."… Barnegat Bay is also rebounding due to environmental stewardship programs to build oyster reefs under the watchful eye of Gef Flimlin of Rutgers University and local volunteers…How did the endangered American oyster, also called the Eastern oyster, experience this dramatic comeback? I recently visited the New Jersey Aquaculture Innovation Center at Rutgers, located at the end of a gravely road on the banks of the Cape May Canal. On the aquatic factory tour directed by David Jones, who coincidently doesn’t eat oysters, I observed oyster seeds in various stages of maturation as they were fed algae from the adjacent waters. "We sell an average of 10 to 12 million oyster seeds annually to the oyster farming industry in Delaware Bay and elsewhere," said Jones. Nearby, local oyster farmers harvested Cape May Salts and other brands under the watchful eye of researchers.

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Cape May County Native Receives Rutgers University Faculty Award

West Cape May resident Jeannette Rea Keywood was recently awarded the 2015 Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) Award for Excellence — Extension Faculty by Dr. Larry Katz, Director of RCE and Senior Associate Director of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Jeannette Rea Keywood is a State 4-H Agent in the Department of 4-H Youth Development and an Associate Professor in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers University.

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4-H Members Represent New Jersey at National Healthy Living Summit

4-H Healthy Living Summit delegation included Michael Newton, Jr. (Burlington Co.), Victoria Matt (Cape May Co.), Amanda Erbe (Ocean Co.) and McKayla Tyrrell (Monmouth Co.).

4-H Healthy Living Summit delegates: Michael Newton, Jr. (Burlington Co.), Victoria Matt (Cape May Co.), Amanda Erbe (Ocean Co.) and McKayla Tyrrell (Monmouth Co.). Photo: Kenny Faillace.

Four 4-H members represented New Jersey at the National Youth Summit on Healthy Living held Feb. 12-15 at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The purpose of the summit was to provide high school youth with an opportunity to develop knowledge and skills to address issues like nutrition education, physical fitness, wellness and emotional wellbeing. Delegates discussed how they would share what they learned at the Healthy Living Youth Summit and created action plans to implement in their home communities.

New Jersey delegates attending the summit included Michael Newton, Jr. (Burlington County), Victoria Matt (Cape May County), Amanda Erbe (Ocean County) and McKayla Tyrrell (Monmouth County). The delegation was chaperoned by Kenny Faillace, Passaic County 4-H community assistant and Kalin Axelsson, a 4-H volunteer from Cape May County.

The 4-H Youth Development Program is part of Rutgers Cooperative extension, a unit of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. 4-H educational programs are offered to all youth, grades K-13 (one year out of high school), on an age-appropriate basis, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, marital status, domestic partnership status, military service, veteran status and any other category protected by law.

For more information, visit the New Jersey 4-H Program website.

Our view: State dredging plan gives hope to marinas and boaters, maybe

Boaters and boating-related businesses in the region got another rare bit of good news on dredging this month. They’d better knock on wood, preferably that of a boat…In October, boating interests got an unqualified break when fisheries managers lifted the ban on dredging waterways and marinas in Atlantic and Cape May counties during the winter. That’s the most convenient time, when boats are in dry dock. In that instance, Rutgers scientists saved the day with research showing the fish being protected by the ban isn’t found in the counties.

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Rutgers Cooperative Extension Joins University’s 250th Year Celebration

Rutgers Cooperative Extension and Cape May County, perfect together. That was the summation of Marilou Rochford’s presentation to freeholders Jan. 26. As Rutgers marks its 250th anniversary, Rochford, County Extension department head, the service, headquartered on Court House-South Dennis Road, plans many activities for the public. "Rutgers’ history is the nation’s history," Rochford said. The university started before America’s Revolution, "and grew from a small, private Colonial college to one of the most diverse universities in America with over 65,000 students," she added.

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Extension Agent Jenny Carleo Wins Distinguished Service Award

Jenny Carleo, agricultural agent for Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cape May County, was recognized recently with the 2015 Distinguished Service Award by the National Association of County Agricultural Agents… The award honors members with at least 10 years of outstanding service to the cooperative extension program, who have been active in professional development, have an effective extension program and are endorsed by their state membership and state extension director… Through Annie’s Project New Jersey, Carleo’s leadership enabled the project team to offer farm business management programming to more than 278 women farmers and business owners in the state as well as reaching another 470 participants through nationally broadcast webinars.

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Jenny Carleo, ARMA Agent for Cape May County, Earns Distinguished Service Award

Mike Hogan, 2015 President of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents, presents the Distinguished Service Award to Jenny Carleo. Photo: Kevin Blayney.

Mike Hogan, 2015 President of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents, presents the Distinguished Service Award to Jenny Carleo. Photo: Kevin Blayney.

Jenny Carleo (CC ’99, GSNB ’03), agricultural and resource management agent for Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension of Cape May County, was recognized with the 2015 Distinguished Service Award by the National Association of County Agricultural Agents. The award honors members with at least 10 years of outstanding service to Cooperative Extension, who have been active in professional development, have an effective extension program and are endorsed by their state membership and state extension director.

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