In the 1880s the succulent Barnegat Bay oyster was harvested in the thousands. The fishery employed around 200,000 people directly or indirectly in the oyster harvesting industry that was centered on Tuckerton, Barnegat and the Mullica River. The oyster fishery of New Jersey was worth $2 million a year, said Professor Ken Able, ichthyologist and director of the Rutgers Marine and Coastal Sciences Field Station located on Great Bay Boulevard in Little Egg Harbor. Able’s slide show on early oyster research was well attended at the Nov. 13 Lunch n’ Learn program held at the Tuckerton Seaport.
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