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Protecting Special Places

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Learn more about the Action Plan being developed for the Mid-Atlantic Ocean at a Healthy Ocean workshop and Q&A session on Wednesday, Aug. 10 in Belmar, NJ.

The American Littoral Society and Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC) invite you to join us at the Beach Haus Brewery, 801 Main Street, Belmar, NJ for a free information session on the draft Mid-Atlantic Ocean Action Plan. The event will run from 7-8:30 p.m. Light refreshments and sign-in starts at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited and reservations are required.

A historic plan is being developed to manage the Great Lakes and oceans off the US coast. The Mid-Atlantic Ocean Action Plan will guide regulation and use of the Atlantic Ocean from New York to Virginia. A draft of that plan has been released and is open for public input until Sept. 6, 2016. That comment has included a series of public listening sessions in mid-Atlantic states, the last of which is scheduled for Wednesday, July 27 at Suffolk County Community College, Ammerman Campus , Babylon Student Center, 533 College Rd, Selden, NY.

Read more: The Ocean Needs Your Voice

Like all ecosystems, Delaware Bay is amazingly complex, and there’s no one way to fix it. Between climate change, sea level rise, and the growing risk of major storms, there’s a lot to consider.

We've learned that restoring healthy marsh habitat is a key component in rebuilding Delaware Bay beaches; however, we’re also trying to further strengthen bayshore beaches by building reefs – living underwater infrastructure. By creating some reef structures we can keep the sand where we’re putting it.

Learn more about strengthening New Jersey's Hidden Coast - the Delaware Bayshore in our fifth episode to our series.

Read more: Episode 5 - NJ's Hidden Coast


Periodic storms are an unavoidable fact of life when you live along the coast.

In rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy, we realized we needed a new way of thinking about beach restoration on New Jersey's Hidden Coast - the Delaware Bayshore. Storms like Sandy and Katrina have shown us that the most effective way to control storm surge is to follow Mother Nature’s lead. The restoration of tidal wetlands, or marshes, will help absorb the brunt of coastal storms, acting as a buffer between the beaches and the mainland.

Read more: Episode 4 - New Jersey's Hidden Coast

camp ad boySitting at a PC or reading a book can develop interest,
but standing in the surf with a horseshoe crab will ignite passion. Join us for a week of educational fun that includes seining, marine life identification, surf fishing, crabbing, birding, shelling, field journaling, plankton study, coastal botany, and understanding nature through art. STEM-oriented lessons will enhance school studies. Let the American Littoral Society kindle your child’s desire to learn about the coast.

Small group size. Sessions are limited to 20 students. Admission is on first-come, first-served basis. Space is secured once payment is received. No refunds after July 1. For more information or to register: click here or call 732-291-0055.

$250 per camper per week Students entering Grades 5-8

Read more: 2016 Summer Coast Camp

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