Belmar, New Jersey’s St. Rose High School’s Environmental Club joined Julie Schumacher and Zack Royle, of the American Littoral Society, for an afternoon of fish sampling at the Society’s Wreck Pond Restoration site. Using a 100-foot seine net, students found hundreds of Atlantic silversides, mummichogs, and sheepshead minnows. The students were thrilled to have a relatively warm and sunny December afternoon to enjoy this hands-on experience that connected them with their neighboring watershed. St. Rose looks forward to joining the American Littoral Society for further field visits in the Spring.
Zack also attended a student poster session at Monmouth University, where several Marine Biology students presented on their work assisting Zack with fall fish sampling at Wreck Pond. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with Monmouth University in future sampling and monitoring efforts.
And construction of the box culvert between Wreck Pond and the ocean could begin as early as Dec. 15. Besides helping to reduce flooding in the area surrounding Wreck Pond, the culvert is designed to improve fish passage into and out of the pond.
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As the start of the inlet construction approaches, dredging continues in Wreck Pond. They are working hard to complete the dredging by the December 31 deadline. This Wednesday, Julie Schumacher, the Society’s Outreach Coordinator will be out at the Pond with a group of high school students from St. Rose. She will be teaching the students about the project in its entirety and will be doing several activities including fish seining, water quality testing and vegetation surveys. Remember to check back next week for another project update. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more frequent updates and project photos.