A century ago, oysters were so plentiful in New Jersey’s Barnegat Bay that visitors would clamber off trains, wade into the water and pluck handfuls to roast for dinner. But decades of pollution, accelerated by rampant development along the bay’s shores, have reduced the oyster population to a small fraction of what it once was… The Berkeley Township project is but one of many such efforts underway in waterways around New Jersey. A group led by Rutgers University researchers successfully raised oyster seedlings in cages suspended from the sides of the Earle Naval Weapons Station in Middletown in the waters of the even more-polluted Raritan Bay, and is looking for ways to expand the project. The Littoral Society is doing a similar project, primarily aimed at storm protection, in Delaware Bay.
/ / Environmentalists Re-Establishing Barnegat Bay Oyster Colony