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« on: August 06, 2014, 07:49:39 PM »

I just uncovered this video from 2007 that shows Barnegat Bay in its "death throes" due to excessive seaweed. Apparently it has to do with the fertilizer people are using.



This year the Navesink/Shrewsbury have had this problem. Wonder why it comes in cycles like this  Huh

Anyone who regularly crabs Barnegat, did you notice this in '07 and has it ever completely recovered?
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« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2014, 10:38:43 PM »

Wait, this is hilarious. Isn't Barnegat bay where everyone is catching record numbers of crabs this year?
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« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2014, 06:10:09 AM »

Wait, this is hilarious. Isn't Barnegat bay where everyone is catching record numbers of crabs this year?

Clam farming is booming up there too.
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« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2014, 07:16:36 PM »

I believe Stafford and some other towns passed an ordinance limiting applied fertilizers (either type or method or something else) and maybe that is helping the bay.
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« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2014, 05:51:03 PM »

This is nothing new. Both Salt water and fresh water areas are often affected by fertilizers increasing the growth rate of plants in and around the water. Some years have been worse than others due to excessive rainfall and water runoff. A lot of towns have put restrictions on usage which helps.

JimmyMambo I heard its safe to grab this sea lettuce with both hands to clean off your topless traps while jugging. There have been no reported cases of anyone being harmed doing so !!  Grin Grin Grin (inside joke with JimmyMambo)
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