Tell NJ DEP to Lift the Oyster Ban By May 17, 2013 Oysters are vital to the ecological integrity of the Hudson-Raritan Estuary. They clean the water, provide habitat for other species and can provide shoreline protection. New Jersey DEP should be working to facilitate oyster research and restoration, not grind it to a halt. Call on Governor Christie’s Administration to lift the ban on oyster restoration, research and education projects in “contaminated” waters in New Jersey! Sign our Petition here!