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Volunteers Wage War on Sea Nettles in Island Lagoons

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Volunteers organized by the state Department of Environmental Protection put on their waders and wet suits, grabbed a deck brush and began scrubbing the sides of bulkheads Friday morning.

The effort was part of the Barnegat Bay Bulkhead Blitz, a project aimed at raising awareness of how residents can help address the proliferation of stinging sea nettle jellyfish in the bay. By taking a scrub brush and washing down the sides of bulkheads – especially ones made of vinyl – the sea nettle population can be reduced, researchers have found, since the larvae overwinter on the bulkhead surface.

State officials have urged waterfront homeowners to give their bulkheads a scrubbing at least once per season, preferably in the spring before hot weather arrives, to cut down on the sea nettle population.

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Friday’s cleaning took place in the Curtis Point neighborhood, located in the South Mantoloking section of Brick Township. The group will return to do the same in a portion of Shore Acres – a mainland Brick neighborhood – next week.

See our full report in the video above.