Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Reserve

Address

31 W. Commerce Street
Bridgeton, NJ 08302
County: Middlesex
http://www.rutgers.edu/

Contact

Ms. Lisa M. Calvo

Grant Amount

$25,000

Program Area

Environment

Focus

Grant Details

To conduct Project PORTS: Promoting Oyster Restoration Through Schools, a unique community-based restoration program that gives K-8 students an opportunity to experience environmental stewardship first hand as they enhance critical Delaware Bay oyster habitat. Utilizing the oyster as a vehicle, Project PORTS will acquaint students, educators and the broader community with the Bayshore and important ecological concepts. The program will be delivered to 5 school communities, restoring oyster habitat and promoting stewardship and sustainability.

Organization Background

The Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory (HSRL) of Rutgers University is a world-renowned research laboratory that has supported science-based management of the Delaware Bay oyster resource since the late 1800s. The Cousteau Coastal Center at Bridgeton is a partner facility of the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve (JC NERR) of Rutgers University's Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences. JC NERR is one of 28 national estuarine reserves created to promote the responsible use and management of the nation's estuaries through a program combining scientific research, education, and stewardship. Project PORTS was developed as an outreach initiative of HSRL to expand educational opportunities while improving oyster habitat and developing sustainable stewardship. It has been adopted as a feature educational program of the Center. Key personnel includes Lisa Calvo, who holds a Masters Degree in Marine Science (College of William and Mary/Virginia Institute of Marine Science) and has 20 years experience in the field involving both scientific research and outreach, Dr. David Bushek, Director of the Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory, and Michael P. DeLuca Senior Associate Director of the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences and Manager of JC NERR directs the Center.

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