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

Underwater Exploration at Jenkinson’s Aquarium, 2019 Dates Announced!

December 7th, 2018

New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium hosts “Underwater Exploration,” an exciting three-hour program that takes place at Jenkinson’s Aquarium in Point Pleasant and is suitable for students from grades 5-12. The dates now available for 2019 are listed below:

Thursday, January 31
Tuesday, February 12
Wednesday, February 20
Friday, March 1

The program is divided into three parts: introduction and hands-on activities, building and testing ROVs of students’ designs, and operating an ROV in an exhibit tank to observe resident sea life. For more information, please visit the field trips section of our website.

Spots are extremely limited, so educators are urged to contact Diana Burich at 732-872-1300 x16 to book now.

Now Accepting ‘Request for Proposals’ for Next NJSGC Funding Cycle

December 5th, 2018

Please click here for two updated requests for proposals (RFP’s) for New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium’s next funding cycle (2/1/2020 to 1/31/2022). One is for small-scale pilot studies (program development or PD grants), the other is for mid-range and larger research projects.

Research projects within New Jersey’s coasts and watersheds in the following strategic focus areas will be reviewed regardless of funding category: (1) Healthy Coastal Ecosystems; (2) Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture; (3) Resilient Communities and Economies, and (4) Environmental Literacy and Workforce Development.  Please consult the attached RFPs for details including research priorities, submission deadlines, formatting instructions, and evaluation and eligibility criteria.

We anticipate supporting up to four (4) PD projects at up to $5,000 per award for one year, up to seven (7) mid-range projects with a maximum budget of $20,000 per year for two years, and up to five (5) larger projects with a maximum budget of $70,000 per year for two years.  All awards are contingent on availability of federal funds. Be aware that budgets require a 50% non-federal cost match for each proposal ($1 match for every $2 of Sea Grant funding) and only non-federal funds may be used for the matching contribution.

Please note that proposals for mid-range and larger awards require a preliminary proposal which must be submitted by January 22, 2019.  PD grants do not require a pre-proposal.  Applications for these studies must be received by June 17, 2019.

Investigators are encouraged to discuss proposal ideas and/or direct questions regarding the application process to the following NJSGC personnel.

For general submission questions:  Ms. Lisa Aromando, Sea Grant Program Associate, 732-872-1300, x 10,

For questions on collaborations, research priorities, evaluation criteria, extension, and data management: Dr. Peter Rowe, Director of Research and Extension, 732-872-1300, x 31,

For questions on budget preparation: Mr. Augustine Anfuso, Fiscal Officer, 732-872-1300, x 26,

The two RFP’s can also be accessed on our website. We look forward to receiving your applications and wish everyone the best of luck!

NOAA/Sea Grant Fellowships Now Open for 2019 Enrollment

November 28th, 2018

The New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium manages and offers several fellowships each year in conjunction with the National Sea Grant College Program and other federal partners, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Marine Fisheries Service.

The NOAA/Sea Grant Coastal Management Fellowship (UPDATED)

This program offers on-the-job education and training in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students and provides assistance to state coastal zone management agencies and NOAA partners. The fellowships start in August 2019 and are available with programs in Minnesota, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, New York, Oregon, and New Jersey. Eligibility requirements, descriptions of the projects, and guidance on how to apply can be found at (or view this flyerfor more information).

To be eligible, applicants must complete a Master’s or other advanced degree at an accredited US university between January 1, 2018, and July 31, 2019. A broad range of degrees are applicable to the fellowship because the projects are varied among the host organizations. These two-year opportunity offers a competitive salary, medical benefits, and travel and relocation expense reimbursement.

Application for the 2019 Coastal Management Fellowship Program must be submitted to the Sea Grant office in the state where the student is receiving their degree by Friday, January 18, 2019 5pm local time. New Jersey students are encouraged to contact Dr. Peter Rowe at the NJSGC with any questions or concerns.

The National Marine Fisheries Service/Sea Grant Joint Graduate Fellowship Program in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics (UPDATED)

Since 1999, Sea Grant and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) have partnered to train students through this joint fellowship program available to US citizens who are graduate students enrolled in PhD degree programs in academic institutions in the US and its territories. Only US citizens are eligible to apply. Foreign Nationals are not eligible.

The NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics expects to award at least three new Ph.D. Fellowships in 2019 to students interested in careers related to marine ecosystem and population dynamics with a focus on modeling and managing systems of living marine resources. The emphasis will be on the development and implementation of quantitative methods for assessing marine ecosystems, for assessing the status of fish, invertebrate, and other targeted species stocks and for assessing the status of marine mammals, seabirds, and other protected species.

The Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Federal Funding Opportunity can be accessed on at NOAA-OAR-SG-2019-2005907

The 2019 NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship Program in Marine Resource Economics expects to award one new Ph.D. Fellowship to students interested in careers related to the development and implementation of quantitative methods for assessing the economics of the conservation and management of living marine resources. This fellowship can provide support for up to three years.

The Marine Resource Economics Federal Funding Opportunity can be accessed on at NOAA-OAR-SG-2019-2005909 

Students must submit applications to the Sea Grant office in the state where they are receiving their degree by Wednesday, January 30, 2019 5pm local time. New Jersey students are encouraged to contact Dr. Peter Rowe at the NJSGC with any questions or concerns.


PLEASE NOTE: If you are enrolled at an accredited institution of higher education in New Jersey or are a New Jersey resident you must apply for the above mentioned fellowships through New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium. Students DO NOT submit their applications for these fellowships into That is done by the local program.

Please contact Dr. Peter Rowe at 732-872-1300 x31 or Claire Antonucci at 732-872-1300 x22 for further information regarding this process.

Get Ready for Ocean Fun Days 2019!

November 7th, 2018

New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, in partnership with New Jersey Natural Gas, has announced the official dates for Ocean Fun Days 2019:


May 18, 2019 at Island Beach State Park

May 19, 2019 at N.J. Sea Grant Consortium on Sandy Hook


Both locations 11 a.m. – 3 p.m rain or shine
Free admission and free parking!

Please visit NJSGC’s Ocean Fun Days homepage for more information!

Hurricane Sandy – Six Years Later

November 6th, 2018

Hurricane Sandy made landfall in New Jersey on October 29th, 2012. Take a look back with New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, and learn what we’re doing as an organization to help promote hurricane safety and storm preparedness.

Hurricane Sandy Six Years Later

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