January 2011
Jim Vasslides
Program Scientist, Barnegat Bay Partnership

Jim Vasslides brought the mayors up to date on efforts by Barnegat  Bay Partnership to address the problem of stinging jellyfish, more properly known as sea nettles. He walked the mayors through the lifecycle of the creatures, which have lived in Barnegat Bay for decades but have recently come to pose both environmental and economic problems. It is possible that the abundance of sea nettles is reducing other populations of bay life, he explained. Meanwhile there is no doubt that they discourage human swimmers during the summer tourist season. According to Vasslides, factors such as warmer water temperatures and increased salinity favor sea nettles. In their early life stages, sea nettle larvae attach themselves to hard underwater surfaces, and since they prefer to hang vertically, those surfaces could include floating docks, he said. Barnegat Bay Partnership is working with studies conducted in the Chesapeake Bay and is conducting local research to come up with more definitive conclusions for Barnegat Bay, and hopefully programs to reduce the burgeoning jellyfish infestation.. 

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Our Next Meeting

Friday, February 25, 2011

Bill Dressel, Executive Director
N.J. League of Municiplaities

The Association will hold a business meeting at the Legend Restaurant adjacent to the Howard Johnson Hotel at 955 Hooper Ave., Toms River, on Friday, February 25. Our guest will be New Jersey State League of Municipalities Executive Director William G. Dressel. Registration begins at 8:30 AM. You may bring guests. There is a $15.00 per person meeting fee. Payment receipts available upon request at sign in. Capacity is limited to 50. Kindly RSVP no later than Tuesday, February 22. Call April at 732-644-0657 or email ocmayors@comcast.net (a new email address). Please indicate number of attendees, and names if possible.

In March
esday, March 15, 2011
Thomas H. Neff, Director
Marc H. Pfeiffer, Deputy Director
New Jersey Division of Local Government Services

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