OCEAN CITY, NJ (May 14, 2020) - Teachers Keith Zammit and Michael Pomatto are currently maintaining saltwater tanks at the Bayside Center in Ocean City and will expand that effort to include the new upweller system that is in the process of being installed. The upweller will be utilized by AP Environmental Science, Advanced Oceanography, and the school's Marine Science Club students as a "living laboratory" in which a variety of local shellfish including ribbed mussels, oysters, and clams will be raised. OCHS students will have the opportunity to learn about various shell fisheries as well the process of raising young shellfish from "seed" to market ready adults. The upweller will also serve educational purposes for the Ocean City community and its many visitors as it will be open for public viewing with educational displays around it.
The grant that made this upweller project possible is from the New Jersey Corporate Wetland Restoration Partnership and is part of the Shooting Island Marsh restoration project being completed by the City of Ocean City. ACT Engineers, including Tricia Rosina, have been volunteering to coordinate the efforts for this project for the City and OCHS.