What a difference a year makes. Last year at this time we were about to embark on a Capital Campaign to raise an additional $200,000 toward our local cost share for the Mordecai Island Coastal Wetlands Restoration Project (“Breakwater Project”). The contributions to the Capital Campaign had a terrific response. Our fundraisers were made possible by the support of an army of dedicated volunteers and the community at large. Last summer was the summer of Mordecai.
By April of this year, the NJDEP and MLT had both signed off on the form of the Continue reading NORTH END LIVING SHORELINE CLOSER TO REALITY
The Southwestern Mordecai Environmental Restoration II project incorporated the installation of 560 feet of geotubes filled with sand to act as a breakwater in the effort to protect the adjacent Mordecai island shoreline from further wave erosion. A secondary goal has been to allow accretion of material behind the tubes in order to rebuild that section of the island to its 1977 dimensions. To date, the geotubes are performing up to expectations with little or no maintenance required. Their intertidal surfaces are covered with a healthy growth of bladderwrack seaweed and barnacles with accompanying
periwinkles and small forage fish. In a way, a living breakwater already exists here, protecting the island, but not itself.
The geotubes are made of a heavy weave of polypropylene designed for many years of service. In marine environments they are often covered with sand or other materials to protect them from damage or wear from foreign objects, including boats and Continue reading OYSTER LIVING BREAKWATER PROJECT GOAL IS LIFE BEYOND GEOTUBES
Oyster spat will be growing in a new upweller this summer on Norwood Avenue in Beach Haven, thanks to the efforts of Mike Davis, past MLT president, and MLT member Wes Heilman.
A ReClam the Bay upweller will give us the opportunity to raise oysters from spat to a size where they can be placed around Mordecai Island in bags that will begin to create a natural reef. Why oysters rather than clams? Oysters filter far more water than clams and they do Continue reading NEW OYSTER UPWELLER FOR MORDECAI