Locals urged to stand up for Barnegat Bay

MANTOLOKING — The Barnegat Bay, bordering a number of shore communities including Mantoloking, is an economic and ecological engine. The bay attracts 100,000 boats over a typical summer weekend, supports a $4 billion industry and is surrounded by $100 billion in ratables, according to Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey Sierra Club. In Mantoloking, the Barnegat Bay is an integral part of shore living, with sailing, crabbing, fishing and swimming woven into the very fabric of Mantoloking’s culture. For that reason, many year-round residents have devoted themselves to preserving the bay and fighting for its protection. Among them is Connie Pilling. A regular participant in the Beach Sweeps and a member of the Save Barnegat Bay board of directors, Ms. Pilling is regularly involved in preserving the vitality of the bay. On Monday, July 17, Ms. Pilling was one of many in attendance at the Save Barnegat Bay annual meeting, where experts discussed the health and continued viability of the Barnegat Bay. Held at the Ocean County Library in Toms River, Save Barnegat Bay invited Mr. Tittel and Paul Jivoff, of Rider University, to discuss the health and sustainability of both the bay itself and the species that call it home.

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