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 Grant Announces 2019 Finalists for Knauss Fellowship Program

July 11th, 2018

Huge congratulations to Omanjana Goswami, a PhD Student and Graduate Teaching Assistant from Rutgers University – Newark who will be representing NJ Sea Grant and the entire State of New Jersey as part of the 2019 John A. Knauss Fellowship Program! We cannot wait to follow Ms. Goswami on this amazing journey, and wish her all the best!

From the official NOAA and NSGO announcement:

Silver Spring, MD — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Sea Grant announce the finalists for the 2019 class of the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship program. Since 1979, the National Sea Grant College Program has provided one-year fellowships working in federal government offices in Washington, D.C. to over 1,200 early-career professionals. The 2019 finalists will become the 40th class of the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship program. The 66 finalists represent 30 of the 33 Sea Grant programs. For the first time Guam Sea Grant successfully recruited a Knauss fellow.

“The Knauss fellowship is one of Sea Grant’s flagship programs. Every class of Knauss fellows continues to raise the bar, and the 2019 finalists are no exception,” said Jonathan Pennock, Director of the National Sea Grant College Program. “I’m also happy to share that in response to growing demand for Sea Grant Knauss fellows in federal government offices, we are pleased to include two additional legislative fellowships for the 40th anniversary class.”

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New Jersey’s “Favorite Beaches” 2018 – Winners Revealed at Ocean City Ceremony

July 3rd, 2018

New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium honored the Garden State’s “Favorite Beaches” during the start of a heat wave in Ocean City, NJ on Friday (June 29th). In anticipation of the July Fourth holiday, NJSGC revealed the full list of 2018 winners during a gorgeous beachside ceremony in the beloved Jersey Shore town. Drum roll, please…

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1. Ocean City
2. Margate

Monmouth County

1. Asbury Park
2. Sandy Hook – Gateway National Park
3. Spring Lake
4. Belmar
5. Long Branch

Ocean County

1. Seaside Heights
2. Beach Haven
3. Point Pleasant Beach
4. Ship Bottom
5. Island Beach State Park

Atlantic County

1. Margate
2. Brigantine
3. Atlantic City
4. Longport
5. Ventnor

Cape May County

1. Ocean City
2. Wildwood Crest
3. Cape May
4. Wildwood
5. Sea Isle City

Several thousand voters participated in this year’s survey, with Ocean City snagging the top spot yet again.

First created in 2008, NJSGC initially deemed the poll “New Jersey’s Top Ten Beaches” to help encourage stewardship and pride in the state’s different “sand and surf” hotspots while promoting a little healthy (and friendly) competition. But since New Jerseyans are passionate about visiting ALL different parts of our wonderful coastline, starting in 2016, individual victors from NJ’s four coastal counties (Atlantic, Cape May, Monmouth,  and Ocean) were ultimately recognized.

Until next year!

The COASTodian, “Spring Fever” Newsletter Edition

June 20th, 2018

Students skipping through the hallways, birds chirping amongst the trees, seining nets sprawled out to dry on the front porch… It’s finally springtime at New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium!

This pre-summer edition of the COASTodian includes…

  • Ocean Fun Days 15th anniversary recap
  • Press coverage from the 2018 State of the Shore
  • Rip Current Awareness information and updates
  • NJ’s “Favorite Beaches” radio debut
  • And much, much more!

View NJSGC’s “spring fever” newsletter here.

The beaches at Sandy Hook Gateway National Park are now open for the season. New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium’s headquarters, located at Fort Hancock, welcomes visitors Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. If you need a break from the sun, please stop in!

New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium Debuts 2018 “Favorite Beaches” Poll on 92.3 “The Point” Radio Station

May 29th, 2018

The fun-filled days of summer are fast approaching, which means it’s finally time to cast your vote for New Jersey’s favorite beach!

Starting today, fans get to choose their favorite local “hotspots” from a list of all the amazing beaches throughout NJ’s four coastal counties – Atlantic, Cape May, Monmouth, and Ocean. The New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium will announce the winners around the July Fourth holiday.

Debuting in 2008 as New Jersey’s “Top Ten Beaches,” the survey was designed to encourage a little “friendly” competition and camaraderie between popular Jersey Shore communities along the sandy coast.

Now in its tenth year, the poll was recently rebranded “Favorite Beaches” to diversify results so that ALL areas of the Garden State’s gorgeous oceanfront were recognized. An “overall” victor is still announced, and Ocean City, NJ has remained undefeated champ over the past decade. But will that impressive winning streak end this year? You decide!

Be sure to share the 2018 “Favorite Beaches” poll with family and friends, and stay tuned for the official results later this summer.

Connect with New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for more updates. Thank you for your continued support!

State of the Shore Event Kicks-Off 2018 New Jersey Beach Season with Promising Outlook

May 25th, 2018

New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium hosted the 16th annual State of the Shore press event at Tim McLoone’s Supper Club in Asbury Park, NJ on Thursday, May 24th. Along with the Consortium’s Executive Director Claire Antonucci, NJSGC’s Coastal Processes Specialist Dr. Jon K. Miller spoke to members of the media about current beach conditions at the Jersey Shore after a rather stormy and severe winter. NJDEP Acting Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe attended as the guest speaker and assured that the Garden State is fully prepared for yet another busy and successful summer season.

For Dr. Miller’s full State of the Shore report, along with an introduction by NJSGC’s Communications Specialist Danica Bellini, please go here.

Media coverage was widespread this year and included additional information on Rip Current Awareness thanks to NJSGC’s Coastal Ecosystems Extension Agent Dr. Amy Williams, who was also available for comment during the event.

The New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium would like to extend a huge thanks to all those who attended and reported on the 2018 State of the Shore event, and we look forward to seeing everyone out on the beach this summer at the wonderful Jersey Shore!


Beaches are in Great Shape, but Beware of Rip Currents (Two River Times)

N.J. Shore Looking Good, Say Bathers. And Experts Agree (

New Jersey Beaches Weathered ‘Foureaster’ in Good Shape (New Jersey Herald; Associated Press)

Officials Paint a Positive Picture at 16th Annual State of the Shore (NJTV News)

Hurricane Season: Are New Jersey Beaches Ready? (Asbury Park Press)

Bring on the Unofficial Start of Summer: New Jersey Beaches Weathered ‘Foureaster’ in Good Shape (NBC 10, Philadelphia)

State of the Shore Event Kicks Off 2018 Beach Season (Cape May County Herald)

After Deadly Jersey Shore Summer ’17, Know how to Survive Rip Currents (WPG Talk Radio, 104.1 FM)

Heading to the Beach this Weekend? Check the Water Quality (WPG Talk Radio, 104.1 FM)

NJ Beach Sand can have Loads of Bacteria, But Don’t Worry (NJ 101.5)

The Sun Comes Out for Ocean Fun Days at Sandy Hook!

May 21st, 2018

The historic Fort Hancock area of Sandy Hook transformed into a “coastal awareness” wonderland on Sunday (May 20th) to commemorate the 15th anniversary of Ocean Fun Days. The New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium hosted over 35 exhibitors and displays, as well as several engaging tours and workshops. Take a look!

Did YOU attend Ocean Fun Days this year? If so, we’d love to hear your thoughts! If interested, please take part in the 2018 Ocean Fun Days survey.

Despite rather unpredictable weather conditions, hundreds of enthusiastic visitors descended upon the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium parade grounds to learn more about marine science, energy conservation, and a diverse array of eco-friendly concerns. Such outgoing optimism even inspired the sun to shine bright throughout the entire event, making for a full afternoon of family fun and unforgettable memories at the Jersey Shore.

To mark such a monumental year, several new activities were offered, including an interactive Rip Currents vs. Sharks trivia game and participatory paddleboarding/kayaking demos. Parts of the NOAA Fisheries Service James J. Howard Lab were open to the public, and tour guides aboard the “History Bus” provided interesting facts and information while transporting attendees to various WWI and WWII sites throughout the Gateway National Park. For the full Ocean Fun Days 2018 brochure, please go here.

Ocean Fun Days also took place at Island Beach State Park in Seaside Park, NJ on Saturday (May 19th).

Ocean Fun Days is presented by founding sponsor New Jersey Natural Gas, in partnership with New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, Asbury Park Press, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry, National Park Service, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium is looking forward to hosting another eventful Ocean Fun Days in 2019!

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