Why oysters?

People ask me “Why are you interested in oysters?”

First, oysters are the primary means of removing nutrient pollution from the water. Nutrient pollution is the primary type of water contamination and the type that kills more fish than any other bu creating “dead zones” of  depleted dissolved oxygen. Oysters are filter feeders that take nitrogen and phosphorus and other impurities that run off from farms and lawns upriver.

Second, oysters are picked as the primary method of protecting our communities (places no less than New York City) from future storms like Sandy.

Third, in an aquaculture setting oysters are a great tasty food source for a world soon to be facing a major worldwide protein shortage crisis.

Finally, Money Island NJ is already the focal point of the Delaware Bay oyster industry and is poised to be in the middle of a dramatic growth spurt that industry in the years ahead. Advances in technology, both mechanical and biological, are accelerating the pace of expansion. The Delaware Bay is home to only 2% of the number of oysters at the peak of the industry decades ago. Expressed in current inflation-adjusted dollars, the value of the New Jersey oysters harvest in the Delaware Bay topped $90 Million in 1929.  We have no doubt that the industry will catch up and pass that mark in he near future. State Impact NJ recently covered the beginning of the rebound of the Delaware Bay oyster industry.

Collectively, this explains our two primary goals at Money Island:

1) Raise investment capital to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of oyster and crab aquaculture industry growth. Immediate stabilization need is $100,000 and private investment for long term public/private redevelopment is $100,000,000.

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2) Preserve the rights of the multiple use stakeholders (recreational fishermen, ecotourists and other users) that might otherwise be pushed out of this unique small waterfront community by the larger, wealthier and more powerful oyster industry.

Our Money Island Working Waterfront Redevelopment Plan, available online, addresses all of these issues. I am pleased to discuss this topic in more detail with stakeholders and investors.

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Preparing for fall striper season

Each spring and fall the arrival of the large migrating striped bass draws more traffic than we see at other times of the year. We stockpile bunker now at the end of crab season for these fishermen. It turns out to be s good use of old crab baskets that would otherwise be discarded.

Progress with online ordering

Here’s where we stand with online crab ordering:

The purpose of this site was to make online ordering easy by keeping it simple. That seems to be accomplished but we have only basic functionality at this point. The site now lists only two products (medium and large hard shell crabs)  and allows for cash on delivery as the payment method.

For now, we are not charging for delivery in the Philadelphia area for now (but that must change soon). Long distance delivery is not offered.

We sell only live crabs but we will clean them to your specifications (unless the health department tells us that we can’t). Tony posed a list of questions to the health department and other authorities asking for clarification. Until we get clarification, crabs are not offered through 3rd party shippers.

Comments and feedback are welcome.

Philadelphia / South Jersey delivery

We now offer delivery in the southeast Pennsylvania and South Jersey area. The price is $25 to $55 depending on distance. Our refrigerated truck keeps your crabs safe and cool until delivery to your door.

Money Island New Jersey: epicenter of New Jersey seafood aquaculure

Our tiny working waterfront community was featured in the current issue of Edible Jersey magazine. The article called us the “epicenter”. We hear that we are New Jersey’s second most productive seafood landing port.

In the Chesapeake, the island of Tangiers is known as the capital of the soft shell crab industry. In the Delaware Bay our port of Money Island is known as the primary oyster landing port. We hope to continue to grow into the primary crab industry port as well.