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GREENWICH TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A red tide is heading for thousands of acres of oyster beds in New Jersey’s Delaware Bay.
But unlike the harmful algae blooms of the same name, this red tide is likely to bring good news for the shellfish: It’s a dye designed to check if pollution levels have decreased enough to reopen the oyster beds for harvesting and human consumption.
It is important to note that the article goes on to state the following:
Over the last few days, New Jersey and federal environmental officials dumped red dye into a creek that empties into the northern Delaware Bay. The creek is a known source of bacterial pollution from numerous sources, including birds and animals, and the idea was to see if the water is now clean enough to reopen thousands of acres of nearby oyster beds that have been off-limits for years due to contamination.
“We have restricted waters in the northern part of the bay,” said Bob Schuster, bureau chief with Bureau Marine Water Monitoring at the NJDEP. “Recently, we’ve seen water quality improving in the offshore portions. But we know we have inshore contributions of bacterial from wildlife and various sources during runoff conditions.”
They want to increase the classification lines, which would mean more areas for people to go and harvest shellfish right in South Jersey.
“We’re looking at a few thousand acres potentially, that’s what this dye study is being done for, to see where we can open up and where we should not open up depending on the dilution of what’s coming out of those tributaries,” said Schuster.
Sections of the Delaware Bay will be red for a while as the FDA and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection study the health of area shellfish. @KimberlyKerrTV has the full story: https://t.co/pHxU17hBjx pic.twitter.com/7T4Ozl6bbD
— SNJ Today (@SNJToday) April 12, 2018
Dye-ing to see improvement in water quality, New Jersey officials turn parts of Delaware Bay red to see if pollution has abated enough to reopen thousands of acres of oyster beds currently off-limits for human consumption. https://t.co/hR6G3FdkEh
— AP Eastern US (@APEastRegion) April 15, 2018
— StateStatus DE (@StateStatus_DE) April 13, 2018
— Kimberly Kerr (@KimberlyKerrTV) April 11, 2018
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