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


Providing sound scientific data 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.

News & Events

Autumn Dates for Boy Scout Merit Badge Program

July 29th, 2015

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Boy Scouts who want to earn the oceanography and environmental science merit badges can now register for fall classes. The programs are open to all Boy Scouts. To register for either program, contact Jody Sackett or 732-872-1300, ext. 20.

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Ocean Acidification Stakeholder Workshop: Aug. 11

July 15th, 2015


New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium and North Atlantic Regional Team, or NART, will host an ocean and coastal acidification workshop August 11 for stakeholders in the Garden State.
This event is hosted by Stockton University, and is supported by NOAA James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory, Rutgers’ Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory and Aquaculture Innovation Center, and Delaware Sea Grant.

What: Ocean Acidification Workshop

When: Aug. 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Board of Trustees Conference Room, Campus Center, Stockton University, Galloway, N.J.

The purpose of this workshop is for stakeholders — fishing, aquaculture, water quality and marine resources management and other non-governmental organization officials — to become better informed about ocean acidification. Scientists and officials want to learn from the stakeholders so they can develop an implementation plan for addressing ocean and coastal acidification in the Northeast.

To review the agenda, click here.

The day will include an overview presentation on the state of the science of ocean and coastal acidification, presentations from local industry representatives, and breakout sessions to hear more about changes you are seeing on the water, and on what issues and problems scientists and officials should focus their attention in the near future.

The workshop is free, but space is limited to the first 50 people who register. To register, please fill out the below. Read More…

On the News: Will new flood protections guard Port Monmouth?

July 15th, 2015


The Army Corps of Engineers completed work on the first phase of a $105 million storm resiliency and flood mitigation project in the Port Monmouth section of Middletown Township, according to a report in the Asbury Park PressBut the project will present new challenges, according to a New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium and Monmouth University expert.

The $17.7 million first phase was reportedly in development for years before the storm, but the damage sustained to the small bayside community in the aftermath of the tempest made completion of the project a priority.

Port Monmouth is a small peninsula. To the north of the  3,800-person community is Sandy Hook Bay, to the west and east are Pews and Compton creeks and their respective salt marshes. The Superstorm Sandy surge and tidal flooding reportedly damaged 750 homes. The  community had 1,441 housing units, according to the 2010 census.

“Being that the project was in the pipeline for the past couple of decades, it can be seen as a worthwhile venture,”  said Dr. Michael Schwebel, reacting to the report. “It is well-rounded and holistic in that it will address the Sandy Hook Bay and back creek flooding through tide gates, levees, and water pumping stations.”

Schwebel is the community resilience and climate adaptation specialist for NJSGC and Monmouth University’s Urban Coast Institute.

In the first phase, sand dunes were built 13 feet above sea level to provide storm surge protection, 400,000 cubic yards of sand was placed along Monmouth County’s Bayshore Waterfront Park and a stone groin that extends 300 feet into Sandy Hook Bay was built. Additionally, the Port Monmouth fishing pier was extended 195 feet into the bay.

Related: NJSGC Dune It Right Manual is a guide to dune restoration: click here.

“These are the types of projects that will help alleviate some of the flooding, surge, and overall impact of storm events and impacts of sea-level rise,” Schwebel said.  “However, like the article stated, this is only Phase 1. This project is only focused on water coming in from Sandy Hook Bay and the future phases will help to solidify the resilience of Port Monmouth.”

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Online rip current survey aimed at increasing safety of beach visitors

July 15th, 2015

In New Jersey, rip currents cause an average of two drownings each summer, according to Dr. Jon Miller, NJSGC coastal process specialist, who works on rip current awareness. Researchers in Texas now want to know how much everyone else knows about rips.

Click here to take the survey.Click here for information from New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium about rip currents.

Dr. Chris Houser of Texas A&M University and Dr. Rob Brander of the University of New South Wales, with support from the Texas Sea Grant College Program, have designed a survey to determine the public’s knowledge about rip currents and the effectiveness of the current warning signs in use at surf beaches around the country.

Click here for information from New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium about rip currents.

“The results of this survey will be used to determine whether our current efforts are visible, memorable and can be understood by beach users, or whether we need to rethink how to warn beach users of the rip danger before they enter the water,”  said Houser, an associate professor of geography and associate dean for undergraduate affairs in Texas A&M’s College of Geosciences. “We hope that this information will help reduce the number of fatalities involving rip currents.”

Click here to read Texas Sea Grant’s post about the survey.

Rips are fast-moving currents of water that can pull even the strongest swimmer away from the shore. According to the U.S. Lifesaving Association, rip currents account for at least a hundred deaths each year at U.S. surf beaches.

The warning signs and other educational materials and activities, including National Weather Service surf zone forecasts and Rip Current Preparedness Week, are part of the decade-long “Break the Grip of the Rip” public awareness campaign by USLA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The signs are illustrations designed to instruct people how to escape from a rip current if they become trapped in one, and show the rip from a bird’s-eye view rather than the perspective of someone on the beach.

More information about rip currents, including online training to help learn how to spot a rip current, is available at and

Dr. Houser can be reached at

Feedback needed for web-based mapping tools

July 13th, 2015

Have you used any of these online tools?

  • N.J. Flood Mapper
  • NJAdapt
  • Climate Central
  • FEMA’s Online mapping Tools
Can you give us 1 hour of your time?
Phone interviews will be hosted to learn how these tools are being used, their strengths and shortcomings, and what can be done to increase their effectiveness. We also want to learn about  use of the tools to support risk assessments, planning and outreach activities, and implementing actions.

Interested in Participating?

Please express your interest in participating in the study by clicking on this link: will be contacted to arrange a one hour phone interview during August or September. Project findings will be documented in a NJSGC publication, and attribution of information reported will remain anonymous.


Contact Lisa Auermuller

These interviews are part of a Rutgers University grant, “Enhancing the Effectiveness of Decision Support Tools for Coastal Resilience,”  funded by the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium 

The 2015 Top 10 Beaches

July 3rd, 2015

More than 12,000 votes were cast for New Jersey’s favorite beaches in 2015. Ocean City took the top spot for the second consecutive year, and Cape May beaches once again dominated the annual survey. The poll started 2008 to foster competition between the state’s beach towns. The results of the poll are used throughout the year. For example, when reported on TripAdvisor’s declaration that the Wildwoods are the top destination on the rise this past December the strong performance of Wildwood, Wildwood Crest and North Wildwood in the survey was cited as a possible reason for the ranking.

Top Ten Beaches

  1. Ocean City
  2. Wildwood Crest
  3. Wildwood
  4. Sea Isle City
  5. North Wildwood
  6. Asbury Park
  7. Manasquan
  8. Belmar
  9. Brigantine
  10. Long Beach Township

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