Aquaculture Expert to Speak in Beach Haven

By ERIC ENGLUND | May 01, 2019

Beach Haven — On Friday, May 17, the New Jersey Maritime Museum presents Dale Parsons at its monthly talk program at Buckalew’s Restaurant and Tavern in Beach Haven.

An oyster and clam aquaculturist, Parsons is a fifth generation bayman from Tuckerton and seafood purveyor. Beginning in the 1990s, Parsons began teaching himself aquaculture, the science of growing seafood in controlled environments. He said this was necessary as the bay was losing its ability to produce enough clams to meet the demand. Changes is salinity and an increase in stormwater runoff also led to an increase in algae that suffocated the wild stocks.

After Superstorm Sandy knocked out his large aquaculture center in Tuckerton, Parsons started a new aquaculture project at the end of Radio Road at Great Bay Marina. He also has a major role in the Barnegat Bay Partnership Shellfish Working Group, which is rebuilding an oyster reef in Little Egg Harbor Bay.

Parsons’ presentation will begin at 7 p.m., but happy hour drink prices and complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be served beginning at 6.

A $10 fee to offset expenses is collected at the door. Active museum members have until Monday, May 6, to reserve seats, after which time nonmembers can reserve any remaining seats.

Reservations can be made by calling the museum at 609-492-0202 or by email at —E.E.

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