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2017 Student Grant Applications Now Open November 10, 2016

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 »

Characterization of phytoplankton functional taxonomic groups in relation to juvenile hard clam production in the Barnegat Bay-Little Egg Harbor Estuary (BB-LEH) May 13, 2014

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 »

Sea Nettle Polyp Settlement Pilot Study February 12, 2014

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 »

Derelict crab trap identification and removal in Barnegat Bay January 21, 2014

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 »

Ocean County College Experimental Watershed Final Report October 18, 2013

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 »

Shellfish stock assessment of Little Egg Harbor Bay (2011) May 2, 2013

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 »

2012 Sea Nettle Barrier Project Final Report May 2, 2013

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 »

Nutrient Concentrations in Surface Water and Groundwater, and Nitrate Source Identification Using Stable Isotope Analysis, in the Barnegat Bay-Little Egg Harbor Watershed, New Jersey, 201011 March 6, 2013

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 »

A Guide to Low-Impact Development in the Barnegat Bay Watershed December 10, 2012

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.

Economic Value of the Barnegat Bay Watershed November 26, 2012

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.

Subaqueous Soil Survey of Barnegat Bay October 16, 2012

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 »

2011 Sea Nettle Barrier Project Project Report January 11, 2012

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 »

Nutrient and Ecological Histories in Barnegat Bay, New Jersey April 22, 2011

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 »

Barnegat Bay Partnership Research Prospectus September 24, 2010

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.