Sea Life

NorthJersey.com: Testing the waters for invasive species: Non-native shrimp threaten local ecosystems

NorthJersey.com: Testing the waters for invasive species: Non-native shrimp threaten local ecosystems

College students stood on a floating dock in the Hackensack River recently and used long-handled nets to scoop shrimp out of the murky water. The shrimp were not for grilling.

These were small Grass shrimp, an inch or two long, native to the Hackensack. The students want to see how many live in the water here, and whether the river has been invaded by several non-native species of shrimp that have started to appear in coastal waters from Boston to the Chesapeake.

Courier Post: Humpbacks, more off Jersey Shore

Courier Post: Humpbacks, more off Jersey Shore

Don and Merryl Richards were fishing for summer flounder off Deal Monday morning when they were visited by a large sea creature.

“It was an absolutely magnificent, beautiful day. Then, all of the sudden, we heard this spout sound and we turn around and there was a whale,” said Merryl Richards, 61, of Livingston. “We just stopped fishing and enjoyed the show.”