June 27, 2002 |
Harold H. Haskin, 87, a scientist, a retired Rutgers University professor, and an internationally recognized expert on oysters and clams, died of pneumonia Sunday at his home in Cape May Court House, N.J.. As a scientist, Mr. Haskin was known for his research on oyster biology. His breeding program produced disease-resistant oysters and helped stop the massive deaths of the shellfish in and around the Delaware Bay. As a teacher, Mr. Haskin was known for combining the classroom and the outdoors.
September 9, 2013 |
Marc Zitter enjoyed a special plate of oysters at the Washington Inn in Cape May last weekend. They were his, grown on the tidal flats of the lower Delaware Bay and among the first he has sold to restaurants since leaving his job as a heavy-equipment operator 18 months ago to become an oyster farmer. "The display on the plate was pretty awesome," Zitter, who just three weeks ago started selling his oysters under the brand Salty Lady, said in an interview Thursday. "It was nice to see, like I finally made it. " Zitter, 43, is part of a slowly and quietly emerging oyster-farming industry along the Delaware Bay, where oysters were nearly wiped out in the second half of the 20th century by disease and pollution.
August 12, 2010 |
All day Wednesday, customers coming into Ben Budd's bait-and-tackle shop in Cape May County marveled at the thousands of dead menhaden they had seen along the Delaware Bay shoreline. By late afternoon, the state Department of Environmental Protection had announced that it was investigating what it termed a "major" washup of dead fish. Officials reported that the swath of dead menhaden - a small bait fish also known as peanut bunker - extended along seven to eight miles of shoreline from Kimbles Beach in Middle Township south to Villas in Lower Township, including an area known as Pierces Point.
November 21, 1997 |
Fenton Anderson, 84, the dean of the Delaware Bay oystermen, died Tuesday at South Jersey Hospital Systems/Bridgeton Division. Born in Bivalve, he was a lifelong resident of Port Norris, both in Cumberland County. Mr. Anderson was the retired captain of the 65-foot schooner Martha Meerwald and was the former owner of the Washburn and Anderson Oyster Co. He began oystering in 1934 as a young man in his 20s, but he had worked in the industry his entire life. His father and grandfather had both been oystermen.
January 18, 2016 |
BIVALVE, N.J. - Years ago, when Meghan Wren was hiking through a boat "graveyard" in nearby Leesburg, she discovered the rotting remains of a wooden yawl. The hundred-year-old wreck so intrigued Wren - founder and executive director of the Bayshore Center at Bivalve - that she began studying how these boats were traditionally used as auxiliary craft to schooners and other vessels along the Delaware Bay and elsewhere. Usually rigged as a two-masted sailing craft, yawls often were favored over other types of dinghy in commercial fishing operations because the mizzen sail is in the aft, creating easier handling in rough seas.
May 21, 2014 |
VILLAS, N.J. - As other crew members hid behind the dunes, so as not to spook the birds, Larry Niles and Clive Minton peered through binoculars at the trap down the beach. The group had dug a shallow trench, folded a 30- by 60-foot net into it, and hidden it with dried seaweed. Three small cannons were buried along the net, too. All they needed now was to catch the birds. A flock of about 350 was down at the waterline of the Delaware Bay beach. The rising tide was pushing them toward the net. Closer and closer they came.
March 15, 2009
LOWER TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Authorities were trying to determine if remains found on a Delaware Bay beach yesterday are human. A woman out walking found the remains, which were "pretty decayed" and will be sent to the Southern Regional Medical Examiner's Office for study, Lower Township police said. The Cape May County Prosecutor's Office and township police cordoned off the site and conducted a detailed search of the area, but no more remains were found. - AP
March 10, 1989 |
A tanker carrying 45.7 million gallons of oil ran aground on a sand shoal in the Delaware Bay about four miles off shore from here early yesterday morning. No leaking had occurred as of late yesterday afternoon, but state emergency workers were on standby as U.S. Coast Guard and state environmental officials planned to lighten the ship's cargo load and set it afloat around midnight. The Notos, chartered by Chevron Corp. and sailing under the Liberian flag, was bound for the Chevron refinery in Philadelphia from Aruba when it anchored about 25 miles north of Lewes, Del. for lightering - the siphoning of some of its oil onto smaller barges so that the ship can navigate the shallower waters of the upper Delaware Bay and River.
June 12, 2015 |
The small shorebird - a ruddy turnstone - was not happy. Moments ago, it had been feasting on horseshoe crab eggs along the waterline of Delaware Bay near Villas, N.J. But now, University of Georgia researcher Deb Carter had a gentle but inescapable grip on the bird, and her colleague Clara Kienzle was sticking a cotton swab down its throat. Next, they swabbed the bird's other end and then jabbed a slim needle into a vein to draw blood before releasing it. Their goal: to see if this healthy bird was carrying a flu virus.
August 2, 2013 |
Shortly after dawn Saturday, Meghan Wren will smear herself with Vaseline and lanolin, wade into the Delaware Bay at Port Mahon, Del., and start swimming. Eight to 10 hours and 13 miles later - having bucked the currents and crossed the shipping channel and endured numerous jellyfish stings, notwithstanding the protective goo - she'll reach New Jersey, coming ashore at Fortescue, Cumberland County. If the weather holds. And if she's lucky. "I don't know how many people think about the bay as a swimmable place," Wren said.