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.

News & Events

Underwater Exploration Program Launched

July 21st, 2016

Join New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium and Jenkinson’s Aquarium for a special Junior Keepers Underwater Exploration program on August 12 at the Aquarium located on the boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach. Campers will learn why we explore our oceans and how aquariums play a role in conservation. Find out what happens behind the scene at the aquarium, and work in teams to design, build and deploy a remotely-operated underwater vehicle in one of the tanks. The four-hour program is recommended for ages 11 to 15 and costs $80 per child. Space is limited so do not hesitate to sign up. To register call Jenkinson’s Aquarium at 732-899-1659.


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High Water Mark Initiative Launched

July 20th, 2016

June 27 marked the launch of the High Water Mark initiative in Monmouth County at Belford Ferry Terminal. As many as 100 signs will be placed in the county in an effort to increase the local community’s awareness of flood risk.

Dr. Michael Schwebel, community resilience and climate adaptation specialist for New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium and Monmouth University’s Urban Coast Institute, has worked with local communities on resilience initiatives and was able to bring towns and the county together to generate interest in posting signs in prominent places of importance to the community.

The signs will be placed throughout the county to denote the highest level that flooding reached during Superstorm Sandy. These signs are part of a national collaboration with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), and its High Water Mark Initiative. One of these signs will be placed at New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium and will be used as an educational tool.

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Share Your Waterway Moment With Us

July 18th, 2016

In celebration of the National Sea Grant College Program‘s 50th anniversary, we are celebrating water resources all through the month of July. This month, New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium shared the positive impacts of being a better boater with a featured story on the National Sea Grant website.Read more on how Sea Grant programs across the country are positively impacting water resources in weekly featured articles here. Highlights  of work across the Sea Grant Network on water resources are available on the 50th Stories page and a fact sheet.

Now we want to hear from you. We all have a connection to water. What is your most memorable or favorite story about your local waterway? Share your waterway moment on social media with the hashtag ‪#‎SeaGrantWater‬. See what others are adding to the conversation here.

NJSGC Staff Join Aqua Kids TV

July 10th, 2016

Lights, camera, action! Dr. Peter Rowe, associate director for Sea Grant Administration and director of research and extension, and Mindy Voss, education specialist, were featured in an episode of Aqua Kids TV. During the day of filming at Sandy Hook, Rowe and Voss took the Aqua Kids seining to explore the biodiversity of Sandy Hook Bay.

Aqua Kids is an award-winning K-12 program that airs nationally. Reaching more than 90 million households, the program aims to educate children about ecology, wildlife and science. The show has won two Emmy awards.

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2016 New Jersey’s Favorite Beach Poll Results Announced

June 30th, 2016

If it is summertime, you can be pretty sure that most New Jersey residents have plans to make it to the beach. And with so many miles of wonderful coastline, why wouldn’t they? Whether it’s for a day trip or a whole week, New Jersey beaches are prime locations for summer fun in our great outdoors.

This poll was created in 2008 as the New Jersey’s Top Ten Beaches Survey to encourage stewardship and pride in the state’s beaches while promoting a little healthy competition between New Jersey’s favorite beach towns. It is a way to celebrate everything there is to love about the Jersey Shore. We’ve conducted this poll since 2008 to call attention to New Jersey’s amazing beaches. Over time we’ve learned a thing or two — mostly that New Jerseyans are passionate about all the beaches up and down our coast. So, in order to better recognize every inch of our wonderful coastline, this year we will recognize a number one beach in each of New Jersey’s four coastal counties as well as a favorite beach overall.

This year after nearly 10,000 votes cast in a public poll, New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium revealed the winners in Ocean City, the defending champion of the poll.

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Rip Currents vs. Sharks: Which is the real danger at the beach?

June 13th, 2016

As summer approaches, sharks are often the center of media attention as swimmers enter the water and habitat of these creatures. However, only 6 deaths occur worldwide due to shark attacks while more than 100 people per year die as a result of rip currents in the United States.

Join Dr. Amy Williams for Ocean Hazards: Rip Currents vs. Sharks at the Beach Haven Public Library. Dr. Williams, New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium Coastal Ecology Extension Agent will present on June 22 to raise awareness about rip currents and what to do if you are caught in one. She will return to the library for a presentation specifically geared toward children on August 3 at 10:30, featuring a game of rip current Jeopardy.

For additional information on New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium’s Rip Current Awareness program visit


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