ReClam the Bay and Shellfish Restoration Program
ReClam the Bay is a volunteer-led nonprofit organization dedicated to providing hands-on education for all ages regarding the environmental benefits of shellfish filtering, feeding and the resulting cleaning of the waters of Barnegat Bay. The goal of this group is to involve the general public in shellfish-oriented stewardship activities so that residents can better understand that water quality and habitat protection are everyone's responsibility, and that healthy shellfish populations help restore and maintain estuarine water quality.
ReClam the Bay works closely with the Barnegat Bay Shellfish Restoration Progam, which was established by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension
We work closely with the Barnegat Bay Shellfish Restoration Program (BBSRP) established by Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Ocean County. The BBSRP, with hands-on volunteers, builds and maintains clam nurseries (upwellers) to nurture baby seed clams that will repopulate the bay. BBSRP also provides education so volunteers know what to do, when and why. RCTB moves the care and feeding activities in to public view. It provides the education, awareness and support materials to tell the world about how these little creatures both depend on us, and benefit us.
The Ocean County Public Affairs and Tourism Department helps support the following actions in Governor Christie's 10-point action plan to restore and protect Barnegat Bay (details at www.barnegatbaynj.gov):
Action #8: Educate the public
ReClam the Bay website
Rick Bushnell, President
Barnegat Bay Shellfish Restoration Program website
Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Ocean County website