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Lift the ban on oyster restoration, research and education projects.
  • Petitioning New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

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State of New Jersey
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

Lift the ban on oyster restoration, research and education projects.

    1. Petition by

      NY/NJ Baykeeper

Oysters are vital to the ecological integrity of the Hudson-Raritan Estuary. They clean the water, provide habitat for other species and can provide shoreline protection. New Jersey DEP should be working to facilitate oyster research and restoration, not grind it to a halt.

Recent signatures


    1. Great Press about Why DEP Should Revisit Oyster Policy

      The Asbury Park Press had a great article about the federal funding NJ is missing out on: http://www.app.com/article/20140126/NJNEWS10/301260036/Rebuilt-oyster-reefs-could-blunt-storm-surges-NJ-balks?nclick_check=1

      And then the Times of Trenton editorialized: http://bit.ly/1br8KG7

      Opportunity floats away?

      Brick, NJ Matt Gregg of Forty North Oyster Farm in the Barnegat Bay off Brick tends to his 10 acres of growing oysters. 121713 Photo by Tom Spader/Asbury Park Press / Photo: Tom Spader/Asbury Park Press Brick, NJ Floating oyster cages of Forty North Oyster Farm in the Barnegat Bay off Brick.

    2. Reached 3,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Liz Driscoll WESTFIELD, NJ
      • 6 days ago

      I grew up sailing on Raritan Bay. These waters are close to my heart. It's devastating that my home state is not supportive of oyster research and restoration. Action needs to be taken.

    • Thomas Gibson HOLMDEL, NJ
      • 4 months ago

      I helped build the Navesink River reef using the historic NJ Clearwater oyster garvey.

    • Magda Usarek-Witek JERSEY CITY, NJ
      • 4 months ago

      Environmental sustainability, water quality management.

    • Christopher Lim LAFAYETTE, CA
      • 4 months ago

      Oysters provide a multitude of benefits to the ecosystem and thus people. The key is education and outreach to the community to inform people of the hazards of eating these oysters.

    • Bridget Ash LEXINGTON, KY
      • 5 months ago

      These type of restoration projects have a positive impact on several levels. The ability to act as storm breaks, being a very important one, as Hurricane Sandy demonstrated, and the ability to filter and clean water that is in sore need of filtering!


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