U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region


Boys and Girls Club of Vineland builds shell bags for Gandy's Beach oyster reef. Credit: Project PORTS staff

Thousands of southern New Jersey students are building 15,000 shell bags for an oyster reef living shoreline project at Gandy’s Beach this year, thanks to Hurricane Sandy resilience funds awarded to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in partnership with The Nature Conservancy and Project PORTS out of Rutgers University.

Each student works diligently; transplanting seedlings, mixing soil, working together to help strengthen coastal Maine.

Young conservationists in Maine honor the legacy of Rachel Carson by preparing native plants for their destination along 50 acres of coastline, helping protect wildlife and communities against future storms.

A partner-funded “oyster castle”, an example of a living shoreline technique using blocks made of shell, limestone and concrete, is being monitored for effectiveness at Gandy’s Beach on the Jersey shore.

Today, we’re sharing a recent article about “living shorelines”, a “softer” conservation approach that helps protect the coast against erosion and rising sea levels. Learn about four Hurricane Sandy resilience projects led by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that collectively plan to install more than 30,000 feet of living shorelines within the next two years.


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