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PORTS 2012 Call for Volunteers - Restoring Oysters in Delaware Bay

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 We are recruiting volunteers for upcoming Project PORTS oyster restoration activities. For the 6th straight year, students throughout South Jersey made shell-filled mesh bags (oyster spat collectors) as part of Project PORTS: Rutgers Cousteau Center at Bridgeton and American Littoral Society's education and community-based oyster restoration program to help revitalize Delaware Bay oyster populations and the important fish habitat their reefs provide. The oyster is a keystone species in the bay: improving water quality and providing food, habitat and refuge to countless organisms.

The shell bags serve as a settlement surface for young oysters (spat) when the bay's oyster population spawns this summer. In August, we will transplant the spat-on-shell to restoration and fishery sites in the upper bay. 

 We have 3 separate tasks for which we'll need volunteers: 


1) Loading a barge with shell bags (Thurs, 6/21) 
2) Deploying the shell bags from the barge into the water during high tide (Sat 6/23 at 11 AM) 
3) Arranging the bags on the sand flats during low tide (Sat 6/23 at 4 PM)



Thursday, June 21st: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


RAIN DATE: Fri, June 22nd at 10:00 AM
LOCATION: Port Norris, NJ 
TASK: Load barge with 10-lb shell bags
NOTE: This activity requires upper body strength
Saturday, June 23rd: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM 
RAIN DATE: Sun, June 24th at 12:00 PM


LOCATION: Green Creek, NJ 
TASK: Offload shell bags from barge onto the sand flats during high tide
NOTE: Be prepared to get a little wet and muddy; closed-toed shoes required


Saturday, June 23rd: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Green Creek, NJ


TASK: Arrange shell bags into rows on the sand flats during low tide

NOTE: Be prepared to get little wet and muddy; closed-toe shoes required



If you can help on any or all of these days, please contact Jessica Daher at 856-825-2174, or Lisa Calvo at 609-440-4560 or




Thank you for your interest in helping to restore oysters and the critical habitat they provide in Delaware Bay! 



Bill Shadel & Lisa Calvo