After dozens of entries and thousands of votes, NJSGC announced the Top 12 “Jersey Shore” photo contest winners during our annual “Favorite Beaches” ceremony in Ocean City.

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

Public Comments Sought for NJSGC’s Site Review, November 2019

September 26th, 2019

New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium will be reviewed on November 19-21 by a team convened by the National Sea Grant College Program. The review will be conducted at our Fort Hancock headquarters located on Sandy Hook, NJ and will consider all aspects of New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium’s programs, including but not limited to management and organization, performance, stakeholder engagement, and other collaborative activities, including those with various offices of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

This notice invites you to participate in our review by emailing your comments about New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium to

Kindly send your comments at your earliest convenience – the comment period will end on November 12, 2019. Please put “New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium site review” in the subject line.

Thank you for assisting New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium in providing the review team with your thoughts and comments!

Lenape and the Jersey Shore, Dates Available for Fall 2019

September 23rd, 2019

Lenape and the Jersey Shore: During this full-day (4-5 hours) program, students will gain insight into the history of New Jersey’s Native Americans and how they interacted with our coastal environment to survive. Students will get a chance to fish and hunt as the Lenape did, plus “make and take” a Native American inspired craft. $300.00 per group, 25 students per group.

Native Ways: This is a half-day (2-hour program). Students will go fishing with a seine net and learn about the native people who camped on “Sandy Poynt” during pre-colonial times. A Native-American inspired craft can be included with advance request (time permitting). $165 per group, 25 students per group.

To learn more or to book a trip, please contact NJSGC’s education associate Melanie Tarling at 732-872-1300 x13.

Download a PDF version of the program flyer here.

Sea Grant Announces Aquaculture Research Grant Recipients for 2019

September 19th, 2019

The National Sea Grant College Program recently announced $16 million in federal funding awards to fill important gaps in aquaculture knowledge, advancement of existing efforts, and development of new possibilities. The funds will be disbursed amongst three targeted programs which represent specific areas of need for U.S. aquaculture and build on the foundation Sea Grant, NOAA, and others have built with investments over the last several years.

  • Advanced Aquaculture Collaborative Programs: Ten projects will develop integrated teams of professionals focused on accelerating the development of specific aquaculture topics. These teams will establish a collaborative program to plan for and appropriately focus the next generation of aquaculture investments while enhancing the synthesis and transfer of past research advances to the industry.
  • Exploring New Aquaculture Opportunities: Sixteen projects will focus on the development of new, and at times higher-risk, topics for which minimal foundation currently exists to inform and focus potential future investments.
  • Social, Economic, and Behavioral Research Needs in Aquaculture: Sixteen projects will address critical gaps in social, behavioral, and economic knowledge.

Three researchers from New Jersey will receive funding through these awards:

Atlantic and Gulf Shellfish Seed Biosecurity Collaborative

Lead PI: David Bushek, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey (managed by NJSGC)

The GIS Based Tool for Spatial Planning and Management of Shellfish Aquaculture in New Jersey

Lead PI: Michael DeLuca, Rutgers the State University of New Jersey

Innovative restoration aquaculture of freshwater mussels in the tidal freshwater zone of the Delaware Estuary Watershed for water quality improvement

Co-PI: Danielle Kreeger, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary; Roger Thomas, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (managed by NJSGC)

View the official Sea Grant/NOAA announcement HERE.

Please contact New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium’s Acting Director Dr. Peter Rowe for further information and comment at 732-872-1300 x31.

See some of the impacts resulting from Sea Grant-funded aquaculture research and learn more about aquaculture in the U.S.

Knauss Fellowship, Meet NJSGC’s Class of 2020

August 1st, 2019

Knauss Fellowship Program

National Sea Grant accepted 69 finalists into the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship program for 2020, including three fellows from New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium. To learn more, please visit the website above.

Sea Grant Announces 2020 Finalists for the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program

July 24th, 2019

Silver Spring, MD — NOAA and Sea Grant are pleased to announce the finalists for the 2020 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 1,300 early-career professionals. The 69 finalists in the 2020 class represent 27 of the 34 Sea Grant programs.

“With each year and class, we continue to be more impressed with the Sea Grant Knauss fellows. They bring fresh perspectives and experiences to the coastal and marine science and policy work happening in D.C., and they continue to raise the bar for us all,” said Jonathan Pennock, National Sea Grant College Program Director. “Congratulations to the 2020 Knauss finalists!”

Congratulations to Michael Acquafredda (Rutgers University), Victoria Luu (Princeton University), and Brittany Schieler (Rutgers University) for being accepted into the Knauss class of 2020 as representatives of New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium. Please stay tuned for more updates!

Knauss finalists are chosen through a competitive process that includes several rounds of review at both the state Sea Grant program and national levels. Students finishing Masters (M.S.), Juris Doctor (J.D.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs with a focus and/or interest in marine science, policy or management apply to one of the 34 Sea Grant programs. If applicants are successful at the state program level, their applications are then reviewed by a national panel of experts. This fall, the 2020 finalists will travel to Washington, D.C., to interview with several executive or legislative offices. Following placement, they will begin their fellowship in February 2020.

Executive appointments for the 2019 Knauss fellows included placements throughout the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as well as with Department of the Interior, National Science Foundation, U.S. Navy, and other agencies. Legislative placements included the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (Minority), the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (Majority), the Senate Commerce Committee (Majority and Minority), the House Committee on Natural Resources (Minority), and several placements in both majority and minority offices.

The 2020 Knauss finalists will become the 41st class of the fellowship and will join a group of over 1,300 professionals who have received hands-on experiences transferring science to policy and management through one-year appointments with federal government offices in Washington, D.C.

Curious about the Knauss fellowship? The Knauss blog shares stories from the 2019 Knauss class on fellowship experiences and their journeys to D.C.

Placement of 2020 Knauss finalists as fellows is contingent on adequate funding in Fiscal Year 2020. 

Please visit the National Sea Grant/NOAA website for more information.

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