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Mullica River

The Mullica River-Great Bay estuary is an approximately 50 mile-long river in southern New Jersey. The Mullica was once known as the Little Egg Harbor River. The river provides one of the principle drainages into the Atlantic Ocean of the extensive Pinelands (Pine Barrens). Its estuary on Great Bay is considered one of the least-disturbed marine wetland habitats in the northeastern United States. The Great Bay is a productive estuary and supports a diversity of fish species, containing nesting habitats for ospreys and bald eagles. It is also an important nursery area for the region’s blue crab and hard-shell clam fisheries. Our Mullica River Tank is a freshwater tank that is typical of local cedar-water tributaries of the Pine Barrens (It is stained brown from the tannins released by rotting vegetation).