Friday, July 27, 2018

Jellyfish and Turtles and Pathogens in July, Oh My!

Citizen Water Quality Monitors during Week 1 of IDEXX Sampling

Rally for the waterways July 26th meeting focused on invasive and local critters. Dr. Paul Bologna, Director of Marine Biology and Coastal Sciences at Montclair State University, spoke about clinging jellyfish in the Shrewsbury River and other estuaries throughout the state. These tiny, non-native jellyfish with a painful sting were first found in New Jersey waters in 2016 and were once again spotted this summer in the Shrewsbury and Metedeconk Rivers, as well as Barnegat Bay.

Dr. Bologna discussing Clinging Jellyfish in the Navesink and Shrewsbury Rivers

The meeting also featured local residents of the Jersey shore: Northern Diamondback Terrapins. Michael Haughwout, a biology teacher at Rumson Fair Haven High School, is working with colleagues and students to learn more about terrapin populations in the Navesink and Shrewsbury River watersheds.

Michael Haughwout discussing Diamondback Terrapins

Finally, an overview of year two of the Navesink River Ambient Source Track Down Program and the recently initiated IDEXX study was provided by COA’s Staff Scientist Dr. Swarna Muthukrishnan.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Two Fitness Benefits for COA

Waves of thanks to April Puciata and Palette Gallery for hosting a yoga class on Saturday, July 7 benefiting COA and AB Fitness for hosting Workout for Waves on Tuesday, June 26!

Surf Night at the Beach Haus Brewery

Saturday, August 25th from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM 

After an amazing Beers and Bands event in July, Beach Haus Brewery at 801 Main St. in Belmar, NJ is back at it with another night  of great beer, live jams and support for the ocean. We’ll have local surf bands playing all night, Beach Haus Brewery’s fine selection of beers on tap and a chance to chat with COA staff about everything we are doing to keep our favorite local breaks free of pollution.

Lusty Lobster’s Weekly Specials for the Month of August

Calling all ocean defenders and seafood lovers! A healthy ocean means healthy ocean critters and that means abundant seafood that is safe to eat and tastes delicious. Head over to Lusty Lobster this August at 88 Bay Ave in Highlands, NJ for some of the finest and freshest seafood in the state. Lusty Lobster will be hosting a weekly special and will donate the proceeds from their specials to Clean Ocean Action. Learn more about Lusty Lobster!