Ocean Fun Days 2020, originally scheduled for May 16-17, will now be held Saturday, October 10 at Island Beach State Park and Sunday, October 11 at Sandy Hook. Please stay tuned for more details.

The New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium advances knowledge and stewardship of New Jersey’s marine and coastal environment through research, education, and extension.

Providing for research that results in sound scientific data used to promote wise decision-making about New Jersey’s coastal and marine resources is at the heart of NJSGC’s mission.

The Education Program at the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium holds a wide variety of programs directed towards advancing greater understanding and stewardship of our state’s marine and coastal resources.

The primary goal of Extension is to provide useful information to people employed or interested in fields related to marine resources from fishermen, coastal engineers, maritime industry personnel, resource managers, and decision makers to the general public.

The Communications Department provides comprehensive services to the Consortium and its project partners by using all possible means and mediums including, print, computer/web-based technology, video, radio, and broadcast television.

News & Events

“Sea Creatures in your Neighborhood” Scavenger Hunt

March 27th, 2020

Who’s up for a little marine-inspired scavenger hunt? Get ready for NJSGC’s “Sea Creatures in your Neighborhood” campaign! Here’s the plan.

  1. Draw and color a picture of NJSGC’s “animal of the week” (more information below).
  2. Include a “fun fact” about this creature.
  3. Hang your masterpiece in a front window, door, or yard. Snap a photo to post on social media with the hashtags #SeaCreaturesInYourNeighborhood, #NJSGC, and #SeaGrantSTEM. Be sure to include the name of your city or town. Feel free to send photos directly to NJSGC by contacting our Communications Specialist.
  4. On your next ride or walk around the neighborhood (while respecting the rules of social distancing), take pictures of any #SeaCreaturesInYourNeighborhood you notice. Or search and discover more virtually.
  5. Encourage friends and family to do the same and be sure to share your findings with us!
  6. Stay tuned for next week’s ”animal of the week” and repeat. Stay safe and have fun while learning about our favorite sea creatures found along the Jersey Shore!
  7. NJSGC will “spotlight” all submissions throughout Spring 2020.

APRIL 3, 2020

The Lined Seahorse (Hippocampus erectus) – please use this template for guidance.

Did you know…
– Seahorse fathers incubate the mother’s eggs and give birth to as many as babies!
– Seahorses mate for life, and pairs “dance” together every morning.
– Their color varies from light brown to almost black and it can change depending upon the background it is against.

Stay tuned for next week’s creature! Click here for more info.

The “COASTodian” Winter 2020 Edition Now Available Online

February 28th, 2020

Click HERE to view the latest edition of the COASTodian.

A quiet stillness and beauty pervade Sandy Hook during the wintertime. Although NJSGC’s hallways and surrounding parade grounds remain relatively desolate during these few months due to bitter temperatures and dwindling daylight hours, the ocean tides (and Sea Grant initiatives) are constantly churning.

With that being said, the staff at NJSGC can’t wait to “leap” into another busy season of STEM learning and marine science exploration! Check out our latest edition of the COASTodian newsletter (Winter 2020) to find out what’s next.

NJSGC Receives Grant from Investors Foundation to Offer “Ocean Hazards and Beach Safety” Rip Current Awareness Program

February 6th, 2020

New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium (NJSGC) recently received a $2,500 grant from Investors Foundation at our office headquarters in Sandy Hook. The grant will help further NJSGC’s mission of promoting the wise use of New Jersey’s marine and coastal resources through research, education, and outreach. This grant will continue to directly support NJSGC’s Rip Current Awareness program. NJSGC’s interactive “Ocean Hazards and Beach Safety” presentation will be offered at no charge to schools throughout Middlesex, Monmouth, and Ocean Counties from March-June, 2020.

***Given the current situation, we are now presenting this program virtually through Zoom video conferencing. For more information, please contact NJSGC’s Communications Specialist.***

“According to the National Weather Service, 85 people lost their lives to rip currents in the U.S. in 2019. This is a staggering statistic, and one that can be prevented. By placing signage on ocean beaches, as well as producing and distributing tens of thousands of informational flyers and children’s workbooks, New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium works hard to dispel misconceptions about rip currents and to increase awareness of the dangers associated with unsafe ocean swimming. This fun interactive program engages school-age children with solid, fact-based rip current education and beach safety. We are grateful to Investors Foundation for giving us the opportunity to offer this program free of charge to a limited number of shore schools and community organizations to help keep their residents and visitors safe from ocean hazards.”                                   

– Diana Burich, NJSGC Acting Director of Education

Please click here to learn more about NJSGC’s Rip Current Awareness program. We also offer these educational resources and materials.

About Investors Bank

Investors Bank, headquartered in Short Hills, New Jersey, is a full-service community bank that has been serving customers since 1926. With over $25 billion in assets and a network of more than 150 retail branches, Investors Bank delivers personalized services and products tailored to the needs of its customers. Investors Bank’s services include complete deposit, loan and cash management products for consumers and businesses. Investors Bank. Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender.

About the Investors Foundation

Investors Bank created the Investors Foundation in 2005 to support the communities Investors Bank serves. Investors Foundation supports initiatives in the arts, youth development, health and human services, education and affordable housing.  Investors Foundation works to improve the lives of its customers and neighbors.

For more information, please visit https://www.myinvestorsbank.com/Community/Investors-Foundation.

Undergraduate Course in Fisheries Population and Ecosystem Dynamics – Rutgers

February 5th, 2020

“This course is an immersive, two-week course for undergraduates that presents the quantitative tools and field-based techniques used to sustainably manage and conserve aquatic marine living resources. This course is supported by the National Sea Grant Office and will be held at the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve (JCNERR) in Tuckerton, NJ. A diverse group of faculty from the Center for Fisheries and Ocean Sustainability (CFOS) and the Institute of Earth, Atmospheric, and Ocean Science (EOAS) at Rutgers University will be teaching this course, alongside scientists from NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center.”

This project is supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NOAA Fisheries Service with funding from the National Sea Grant Office. Click here to learn more about all research projects associated with NJSGC.

Click here to learn more about the program.

Marine Science Summer Day Camp, 2020 Dates Now Available!

January 3rd, 2020

Marine Science Summer Day Camp at New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium offers “hands-on” STEM learning for children interested in ocean and marine life. Sessions are held  at NJSGC headquarters on Sandy Hook and combine outdoor explorations of the beach and bay with laboratory experiments and fun, educational games and crafts. Instructor to camper ratio is 1 to 6. Five sessions will be held throughout July and August, each geared towards specific grade levels.


Introductory Fisheries Science for Stakeholders, Rutgers Cooperative Extension (2020)

December 10th, 2019

Registration is now open for the 2020 Introductory Fisheries Science for Stakeholders (IFISSH) course offered through Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE).  View the official flyer for more information.

The objective of this course is to educate stakeholders of New Jersey’s commercial and recreational marine fisheries so that they will better understand and make progress on issues impacting their industries, including the science, management, and responsible stewardship of fishery resources.

Classes will meet at the RCE of Ocean County in Toms River, NJ during the evening (6:30 – 9:00 PM) every Tuesday from January 28 through March 31. Additionally, two optional field trips will occur during the spring.

Class sessions will be offered in a “HyFlex” format to allow live participation in-class or remotely via webinar. The course is open to all who are interested. Please share this email and flyer with anyone who you think might be interested.

The program fee is $60 per person. Please register by January 24, 2020 by contacting Kelly Jurgensen (Administrative Assistant, Marine Extension Program) at 732-349-1152

If you have any further questions, please contact Dr. Douglas Zemeckis (County Agent III , Assistant Professor, Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources) 732-349-1152

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