Volunteers Install Shell Bags Off Mordecai Island

PRESERVATION Job: Some 4,000 shell luggage received put collectively and then ended up transported out into the bay waters to assistance stabilize Mordecai Island, located off Beach front Haven. (Supplied Photographs)
Final weekend, volunteers with the Mordecai Land Believe in and ReClam the Bay planted shell bags all over the shoreline of Mordercai Island, off Beach Haven.
“The shell luggage will not only attenuate erosive wave forces on Mordecai’s shoreline, but they will form a dwelling habitat of filter-feeding bivalves to eliminate surplus algae and unsafe vitamins from the bay h2o,” said Jim Dugan, Mordecai Land Belief restoration coordinator. “The land believe in and and ReClam the Bay fashioned a strategic partnership in 2013 to include shellfish progress technologies to shoreline stabilization projects in our again-bay waters.”
The land trust was launched in 2001 as a group-based mostly business whose mission is to protect Mordecai Island as a habitat for breeding and migratory species of indigenous birds and to safeguard massive portions of Seashore Haven proper from flooding. The island is an around 45-acre uninhabited coastal marsh island in the bay adjacent to the Intracoastal Waterway. Its salt marsh and bordering waters supply vital habitat for numerous species of fish, crops and migratory and breeding birds, like threatened species, as effectively as mollusks and crabs.
In recent years, the island has professional important erosion, at a amount of 3 to 4 feet yearly. As a nonprofit all-volunteer tax-exempt organization, the believe in has worked in its anti-erosion and residing shoreline jobs with many businesses.
Whilst there have been dredging initiatives alongside with geotube placement and grass plantings for limited-expression fixes, the have confidence in has been hoping to set up a undertaking to minimize the wave power on the island’s west conclusion as a long term remedy.
3 summers ago the have confidence in put in oyster castles, which land believe in President Linda Colgan said at the time give “the best option to examine the structural geometry of the breakwater to fulfill its wave attenuating and habitat building possibilities. Just about every castle is 12 inches by 12 inches by 8 inches, weighs 30 lbs . and is made of concrete, crushed shell, limestone and silica.”
Rick Bushnell, president of ReClam the Bay, mentioned the 4,000 shell bags ended up attained by means of a $30,000 grant from the N.J. Section of Environmental Safety.
“The procedure started out in 2018,” he stated. “Then (the grant) was awarded in 2020, and we began on it in 2021.”
Bushnell reported the 25-pound baggage are created of a synthetic mesh materials and are about the dimensions of a mattress pillow. Contents include things like whelk and surf clam shells.
“More than 28 p.c of Barnegat Bay salt marshes have been misplaced about the yrs, so stabilizing and restoring current wetlands and preventing even more decline is of important relevance,” he said. “Mordecai Island serves as a habitat/chicken sanctuary and a barrier to storm problems to the city of Beach front Haven. The island is on the edge of disappearing its part in the local environment will have to be restored and secured.”
Dugan reported a extensive-term solution would be the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Coastal Wetland Restoration Project. One chance was developing smaller stone “islands” that would be positioned in a staggered vogue to diffuse wave vitality and allow a tidal stream required to manage the habitat.
“The job has been a long time in organizing and is a partnership amongst the land have confidence in, Military Corps and the DEP,” he claimed “Obviously, the pandemic has slowed every little thing down. But we are however pleased that the Army Corps has incorporated our enter in their design drafts and has collected information and facts from us for the completion of the job. When you have various companies involved, it will acquire a large amount of time.”
— Eric Englund

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