Barnegat Bay Shellfish Restoration Program

An opportunity to learn about Barnegat Bay ecology, become an environmental steward, and have a positive effect on bay waters by growing shellfish.

The Shellfish Restoration Program is a partnership between Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Division of Fish and Game Bureau of Shellfisheries. Its goals are to educate the community about the natural cycle and ecology of the Barnegat Bay, to promote environmental stewardship, and to use clams and oysters as the teaching tool to achieve these goals ---including helping people understand they are both part of the problem AND the solution!

EPA Award The Shellfish Program is award winning!! ReClam the Bay has just won the US Environmental Protection Agency Region 2 Environmental Quality Award. The volunteers will be honored on April 27, 2012 at an EPA reception, and also May 2, 2012 at the Ocean County Freeholders' Meeting.

The program has also won two National Extension Awards at the Association for Natural Resource Extension Professionals Meeting, and Two Governor's Excellence Awards - The Governor's Excellence Award in Tourism for the Clam Trail, and an Honorable Mention in the Healthy Ecosystems Category of the Environmental Excellence Awards. This is in addition to Gef being honored by the Jersey Shore Partnership for his work with the seafood industry and the Shellfish Program.

Governor's Environmental  Excellence Award Gef and Freeholder Vicari at Summer Celebration 2006

The volunteers have formed a non-profit organization to carry out our shared mission, and provide fundraising support to increase shellfish restoration efforts. Please visit to find out more about the volunteer experience. For more information about the Barnegat Bay Shellfish Restoration Program, contact the Ocean County Extension office.


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The program has been supported by the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders, The Barnegat Bay National Estuary Program, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and the Exelon Corporation.

Cooperative Extension of Ocean County