Shellabration Rescheduled for Saturday, Oct. 19

By Juliet Kaszas-Hoch | Oct 14, 2019
Photo by: Jack Reynolds

Brant Beach — Due to concerns about roadway flooding last weekend, Long Beach Township decided to move its 2nd annual Shellabration to next Saturday, Oct. 19. The event – which celebrates local bay culture – will run from noon to 5 p.m. at Bayview Park in Brant Beach. Attendees can meet local oyster farmers; eat oysters shucked on site; and enjoy music, family-friendly games, and food and beverages, including beer, wine and cider.

Admission is free.

“We wanted to hold the Shellabration to bring awareness to the bay, to aquaculture and oyster restoration, and to bring together all the oyster farmers from our area, and the restaurants that serve oysters, for a fun and educational event,” township Mayor Joseph Mancini said before the inaugural event.

Jetty co-founder Jeremy DeFilippis agrees with Mancini; the heart of the Shellabration is “informing the public about what oysters and bay culture means” for our area, he remarked at last year’s well-attended event.

Shellabration connects to the Oyster Recycling Program, a community initiative – driven by LBT, Jetty, the Jetty Rock Foundation, Stockton University and the Parsons Mariculture Center – that includes partnerships with area restaurants to gather empty oyster shells from patrons to cure and subsequently use to raise more oysters in a reef in Barnegat Bay.

As township Sustainability Coordinator Angela Andersen noted, “It is unique to LBI to be able to eat shellfish farmed and harvested within eyeshot of the restaurants you are eating in, and then have a hand in restoring the bay by rerouting the shell away from the Ocean County Landfill to go back into the bay to be habitat for new oysters, building reefs that attract a myriad of species that improve the bay’s health and diversity.”  —J.K.-H.

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