Our Student Grant Program offers paid research opportunities to students pursuing a degree in marine science, natural resource management, environmental science, or related field. In celebrating its decade year, we have launched a brand new website dedicated to the science and research our students have … Read more »
Acknowledgements We thank the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (Susannah King, project manager) for providing the funding to conduct this project and for overseeing administrative components. Members of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), who provided valuable guidance on the project, are gratefully acknowledged. … Read more »
This study, led by Dr. Monica Bricelj of Rutgers University, focused on identifying the phytoplankton functional taxonomic groups (FTGs) present in Barnegat Bay through a novel process involving chemical analysis of photopigments and comparing the results of that process to that of standard microscopy. Furthermore, … Read more »
In the summer of 2013 Barnegat Bay Partnership technicians undertook a pilot study to assess the feasibility of using underwater photography to determine preferred materials and locations for sea nettle polyp settlement. This report summarizes the methodology and findings, and includes recommendations for utilizing this … Read more »
This study by Dr. Mark Sullivan and colleagues at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey assessed the prevalence of derelict, or ghost, crab pots in heavily fished waters of Barnegat Bay. Using advanced side-scan sonar techniques, the researchers were able to document the relative … Read more »
This report was prepared to document the findings of activities conducted by Birdsall Engineering, Inc. (BEI) as part of the Barnegat Bay National Estuary Program’s Experimental Watershed Project, which focuses on the Ocean County College campus, located in Toms River, New Jersey. The report provides … Read more »
In Barnegat Bay, New Jersey, USA, there is a mosaic of natural and degraded terrapin nesting habitats. We investigated the effects of dredge soil and shade on the hatching success of diamondback terrapins to determine whether nesting habitat could be increased by using dredged bottom … Read more »
The New Jersey Bureau of Shellfisheries conducted a hard clam (Mercenaria mercenaria) stock assessment of Little Egg Harbor Bay. The Bureau sampled 196 stations from 24 August to 18 October 2011 using a hydraulic dredge to determine the Bays standing stock and relative distribution of … Read more »
In the summer of 2012 the BBP continued to set two barrier nets at local bathing beaches to test their effectiveness in excluding sea nettle medusa from interacting with bathers. This year included a reduced mesh size compared to 2011. The results of the net’s … Read more »
This study identifies key economic vulnerabilities to climate change and options for adaptation in the Barnegat Bay region of New Jersey. This study draws on stakeholder knowledge of the region, including understanding of existing development stresses, in order to identify critical economic vulnerabilities to climate … Read more »
This report provides results from a rapid appraisal of impacts to fishing communities in New York and New Jersey from Sandy. This report also serves as NOAA Fisheries (NMFS) 60 day assessment of impacts from Sandy, a requirement for disaster declarations filed under MSA 315. … Read more »
This comprehensive assessment of the hard clam resources of Barnegat Bay was prepared by Dr. Monica Bricelj and Dr. John Kraeuter of Rutgers University, and Mr. Gef Flimlin of Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Ocean County. It reviews the biology and history of hard clams in … Read more »
Five streams in the Barnegat Bay-Little Egg Harbor (BB-LEH) watershed in southern New Jersey were sampled by USGS for nutrient concentrations and stable isotope composition under base-flow and stormflow conditions, and during the growing and nongrowing seasons, to help quantify and identify sources of nutrient … Read more »
In 2011 Dr. Mike Kennish lead a Rutgers University research team to investigate the abundance and biomass of Widgeon grass (Ruppia maritima) in the northern segment of the Barnegat Bay. This study documents his findings and puts them in a baywide context.
The guide provides information about design and construction methods that reduce the environmental impacts of development on the Barnegat Bay watershed. It focuses on the water quantity and quality benefits of each technique included in the guide.
The Richard Stockton College of NJ Coastal Research Center (CRC) has initiated a post-storm survey and assessment of the New Jersey shoreline in response to severe beach erosion resulting from the impact and landfall of Hurricane Sandy. The analysis for the developed portion of the … Read more »
Researchers examined the watershed’s economic value in three different ways: water resources and habitats, ecosystem goods and services, and watershed-related employment. The study concludes the Barnegat Bay watershed is an economic engine contributing over $4 billion each year to the New Jersey economy.
This report represents the results of a preliminary effort by the Natural Resource Conservation Service to map the subaqueous soils of the Barnegat Bay. This initial effort led to the preparation of a general soil map for the Bay with 23 map units with 13 … Read more »
This report documents Rutgers University efforts to provide low cost/low technology passage devices for American eels over small dams in the Barnegat Bay estuary.
This pilot project looked at one year of sea nettle Chrysaora quinquecirrha) polyp settlement distribution and density in Barnegat Bay.
This report documents the first year of the Barnegat Bay Partnership’s Jellyfish Barrier Project. The BBP maintained experimental gillnet style barriers at bathing beaches in Brick and Lavallette to test their efficacy in keeping stinging jellyfish away from bathers. This document summaries their findings regarding … Read more »
This project examined the influence of female size, season, and relative fishing effort on the fecundity of adult blue crabs in Barnegat Bay using field sampling with commercial-style traps and a field experiment. Temporal and spatial variation in the dimensions of female broods (as a … Read more »
This study investigated the existing functionality of four stormwater management basins located within the Long Swamp Creek sub-watershed of Toms River. The overall objective of this project was to evaluate each basins existing design characteristics and evaluate how each basin could be redesigned or retrofitted … Read more »
This is the Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) for American Littoral Society’s “An analysis of the functionality of four stormwater basins located within the Long Swamp Creek subwatershed of Barnegat Bay” project.
This study by Rider University examines the relative abundance and population structure (e.g., size structure, sex ratio) of adult blue crabs in Barnegat Bay as well as the temporal and spatial variation in aspects of the reproductive potential (e.g., sperm stores of both sexes, brood … Read more »
The primary objective of this project was to collect sediment cores from the tidal region of Barnegat Bay and determine the chronology of nutrient changes (i.e., nitrogen and phosphorus) and associated ecosystem level responses. Changes in various biogeochemical proxies (e.g., stable isotopes of carbon and … Read more »
This study examined the relative abundance and population structure (e.g., size structure, sex ratio) of adult blue crabs in Barnegat Bay; including measures of reproductive potential (e.g., sperm and seminal fluid stores) and movement patterns (via tag-recapture) of both sexes.
In this BBP funded study researchers from Rutgers University looked at the changes in the distribution of seagrass throughout the Barnegat Bay estuary from 2003 to 2009 utilizing remote sensing and in situ surveys. Changes in seagrass distribution are discussed, as well as potential culprits … Read more »
This report summarizes the findings and lessons learned during the 2010 Sea Nettle Warning System pilot year and discuss recommendations for future implementation of the system.
This document provides a summary of outstanding research needs for the watershed as compiled by the Science and Technical Advisory Committee during the summer of 2010. The research activities are linked to the Partnership’s priorities as outlined in the 2008-2011 Strategic Plan.