||2012 Sea Nettle Barrier Project Final Report
||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 effectiveness across mesh sizes, as well as it's interactions with local fish fauna, are described.
||Shellfish stock assessment of Little Egg Harbor Bay (2011)
||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 hard clams. The hard clam resource in Little Egg Harbor Bay is estimated at 85.7 million clams, an increase of 32% from an identical survey conducted in 2001, but a 57% decline from the first comprehensive shellfish survey conducted in the Bay in 1986/87.
||Economic Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Hazards and Climate Change: Building Resilience in the Barnegat Bay Region
||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 change and to identify feasible options for adaptation. The study pays particular attention to key economic assets and activities that may be at risk from climate change, as well as vulnerable populations. The study also considers the implications of climate change for emergency management and hazard mitigation. The broader goal of the study is to provide stakeholder-based information about economic risks and vulnerabilities in the Barnegat Bay region that will contribute to efforts to build long-term resilience to climate-related hazards and climate change.
||An Initial Assessment of the Economic Impacts of Sandy on New Jersey and New York Commercial and Recreational Fishing Sectors
||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. More specifically, MSA 315 requires that within two months after a catastrophic regional fishery disaster, the Secretary of Commerce, through NOAA Fisheries, will provide the Governors of affected states (in this case New York and New Jersey) an economic and socio-economic evaluation of the affected regions fisheries using the best information available. The goals of this evaluation are to assess the impacts of Sandy in affected communities that are involved in commercial or charter fishing, and characterize the effects of the storm on fishing-related businesses and infrastructure.
||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
||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 loading. Samples were analyzed for concentrations of total nitrogen, ammonia, nitrate plus nitrite, organic nitrogen, total phosphorus, and orthophosphate, and for nitrogen and oxygen stable isotope ratios.
||Status and Trends of Hard Clam, Mercenaria mercenaria, Shellfish Populations in Barnegat Bay, New Jersey
||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 the bay and suggests potential research foci needed to understand the decline of this resource and management actions that may help to return a once thriving industry.
||In situ Surveys of Seagrass Habitat in the Northern Segment of the Barnegat Bay-LIttle Egg Harbor Estuary
||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.
||A Guide to Low-Impact Development in the Barnegat Bay Watershed
||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.
||Beach-Dune Performance Assessment of New Jersey Beach Profile Network Sites at Northern Ocean County, New Jersey After Hurricane Sandy
||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 northern Ocean County barrier-spit compares data collected during fall 2012 (mid-September) to data surveyed poststorm on November 8th, 12th, and 19th 2012. This initial report is focused on the impact to northern Ocean Countys dunes and beaches from Hurricane Sandy. The damage details have been organized specific to each municipal
segment of the barrier-spit starting in the north at Point Pleasant Beach and ending in the south at Seaside Park.
||Economic Value of the Barnegat Bay Watershed
||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
||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 subaqueous soil series. In addition to the map, the report contains the map unit descriptions for both the subaqueous soils and any terrestrial soils included in the map, the soil descriptions, trace metal data, and a glossary of terms.
||Sea Nettle (Chrysaora quinquecirrha) Polyps in Barnegat Bay, NJ: a Pilot Assessment
||This pilot project looked at one year of sea nettle Chrysaora quinquecirrha) polyp settlement distribution and density in Barnegat Bay.
||Implementing American Eel Passage on Existing Dams
||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.
||2011 Sea Nettle Barrier Project Project Report
||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 the distribution and abundance of jellyfish and estuarine biota at these beaches, as well as the ability of the nets to keep at stinging sea nettles.
||Fecundity of Barnegat Bay blue crabs: the influence of size, season and relative fishing effort
||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 gross estimate of brood volume) and aspects of the reproductive potential (e.g., sperm stores) of both sexes were also assessed.
||QAPP for An analysis of the functionality of 4 stormwater basins in Long Swamp Creek.
||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.
||An analysis of the functionality of four stormwater basins located within the Long Swamp Creek subwatershed of Barnegat Bay
||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 to improve its pollutant removal effectiveness and ability to recharge stormwater. Particular emphasis was placed on the investigation of each basins soil profile characteristics, in particular soil porosity. The QAPP for this project is available separately.
||Nutrient and Ecological Histories in Barnegat Bay, New Jersey
||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 nitrogen, etc.), along with changes in diatom community structure,were used to infer changes in nutrient loading and land use throughout the watershed. An additional objective of this study was to quantify rates of sediment mass accumulation and marsh accretion averaged over the past 100 years or more. With the threat of increased sea level rise over the next 20 to 50 years, this information can provide a much-needed baseline to evaluate the impacts of changes in land form and use throughout coastal areas.
||Assessing population structure, reproductive potential and movement of adult blue crabs in Barnegat Bay
||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 production of field-caught females) and movement patterns of adult crabs (with mark-recapture data). Mark-recapture data and direct counts of commercial crab traps (in selected locations) also provide information on the temporal and spatial extent of fishing effort (commercial and recreational) on adult blue crabs in the Bay.
||2011 State of the Bay Report
||This collaborative report produced by the Barnegat Bay Partnership details the status and trends of 19 key indicators of the bay's condition from 2005-2009.