Description of Money Island

The web site discoverdelawarebay.org includes a description of Money Island. We suggested this update that includes a few facts about the working waterfront community:

Money Island was once a robust salt hay farming outpost at the juncture of the Delaware Bay and Nantuxent Creek. Now, all that remains are a few houses, a marina and the docks where the days oyster catch for most of the bay is landed. In fact, most of NJ’s Delaware Bay oyster catch is landed here. Commercial crabbing, conch, eel, bunker and soft shell crab operations contribute to make Money Island an important if obscure cog in the local commercial fishing economy. Total annual seafood catch is estimated at $28 million per year making Money Island the second most important seafood landing port in South Jersey. Money Island is the base of several environmental restoration projects in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, BaySave, Rutgers University and the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary.

The village also has much to offer the casual visitor or day-tripper. Recreational fishing is hot across all seasons; the marina maintains floating fishing docks open to the public daily. Enjoy the panoramic view from a shaded table on the large waterfront deck and check out the soft shell crab operations in season. The diversity of wildlife is startling.

The roughly 40 houses wind from the Bayfront along the mouth of the fast moving Nantuxent Creek and then follow its eastern bank as it winds back through acre after acre of marsh and farm fields dotted with islands of cedars and flanked by pine forests.

Eagles nest up the creek and can be seen daily moving from bank to bank. Great Horned Owls are known to call from the clumps of trees in the creek side back to the cedar islands on the outskirts of town.”

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