Flooding, even from small storm events, has been damaging the quality of life of New Jersey’s residents. Based upon a preliminary land cover analysis of New Jersey, 12.1% of the state is covered with impervious surfaces. This translates into 1,055 square miles or 675,200 acres of impervious cover in the state. It’s estimated that during […]
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.
A group of 41 4-H members from 13 counties will be participating in the Discover the Leader in You! 4-H Leadership Conference being held Saturday on the George H. Cook Campus at Rutgers University in New Brunswick in Middlesex County. The conference pr…
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, […]
The Zika virus, a mosquito-borne disease that has been declared an international public health emergency, could become a problem in N.J. by July, an expert says. The Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects, could become a problem in N.J. onc…
Lisa Auermuller, watershed coordinator for the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve (JCNERR), was presented the Floodplain Management Leadership Award at the New Jersey Association for Floodplain Management (NJAFM) annual conference on October 22 in Atlantic City. The award recognizes individuals who have achieved success in a significant aspect of floodplain management, including efforts in […]
A growing number of New Jersey farms are offering community supported agriculture programs (CSAs) which allow customers to become a member or shareholder, providing them with a season’s worth of produce that they pay for in advance, and then pick up on a weekly or biweekly basis. A similar strategy to boost an allied industry, […]
Nearly 100 4-H members and volunteers representing nine counties (Cumberland, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Salem, and Warren) attended the State 4-H Small Animal Educational Symposium on Feb. 28 in Clayton, New Jersey. “The State 4-H Small Animal Educational Symposium is an annual event, now in its second year, that offers 4-H’ers an opportunity […]
Nineteen 4-H members were part of six teams representing four counties (Hunterdon, Middlesex, Ocean, and Salem) who competed in the New Jersey 4-H Avian Bowl Winter Event held on February 28 in Gloucester County. This event was co-sponsored by Click Flic and held in conjunction with the State 4-H Small Animal Educational Symposium. The 4-H […]
Wet, dirty sex – that’s the topic for discussion of an upcoming class. “It’s the sex talk,” admitted Gef Flimlin, professor and marine extension agent of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Ocean County. “Now, the average guy is really interested because he sees those three letters: S, E, X.” This class is the second for ReClam the Bay, the nonprofit organization that is affiliated with the Barnegat Bay Shellfish Restoration Program sponsored by Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Ocean County. The class will feature Flimlin discussing how spawning happens in the clam hatchery – the sex part. Flimlin said the class will go from spawning all the way to harvesting.