Deadline to submit is June 1st – visit our website for more information on how to enter! The Top 12 photos that receive the most votes leading up to the July Fourth holiday will be used to create the 2020 NJSGC downloadable desktop calendar.

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

NJSGC Debuts Favorite Beaches Poll with 94.3 “The Point” for 2019!

May 20th, 2019

Get the shades and sunscreen ready! 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 amazing beaches throughout the Jersey Shore’s four coastal counties – Atlantic, Cape May, Monmouth, and Ocean. New Jersey Sea Grant (NJSGC) will announce the winners around the July Fourth holiday.

This year’s poll debuted during a LIVE broadcast on the Asbury Park boardwalk with 94.3 “The Point.”

Debuting in 2008 as New Jersey’s “Top Ten Beaches,” the survey was initially designed to encourage friendly competition and camaraderie amongst popular Jersey Shore communities along the coast. Following Hurricane Sandy, the contest was rebranded “Favorite Beaches” to diversify results so that ALL areas of the Garden State’s gorgeous oceanfront are recognized, inspiring a refreshing sense of unity and support.

An overall victor is still announced, with Ocean City remaining undefeated champ over the past several years. But will that impressive winning streak end in 2019? Asbury Park has definitely proved a fierce competitor over the past couple years… You decide!

Be sure to share NJSGC’s highly-anticipated “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!

Take the Ocean Fun Days 2019 Survey, Now Available Online!

May 20th, 2019

New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium and New Jersey Natural Gas would like to thank everyone who came out to celebrate the 16th annual Ocean Fun Days with us. We experienced record-breaking crowds this weekend, with smiles and eagerness to learn all around. Thanks especially to our sponsors and exhibitors – this festival wouldn’t be possible without their hard work and dedication!

We’d love to hear your thoughts on what makes this event so great, and how we can improve things in the future. Please take a moment to complete our online questionnaire.

BONUS: Submit your email with the survey and have a chance to win a one-of-a-kind “OFD 2019” t-shirt! [As pictured below on NJSGC’s doggie mascot, Taylor Ham]

Plus, you’ll be added to NJSGC’s mailing list.


ANNOUNCEMENT! New Jersey Sea Grant Debuts 2019 “Jersey Shore” Photo Contest

April 30th, 2019

NJSGC’s “Jersey Shore” Photo Contest

New Jersey boasts some of the most picturesque beaches along the East Coast.  If you have a great shot that celebrates and embraces the natural elements of the Garden State’s beautiful coastline, submit the image to NJSGC’s revamped “Favorite Beaches of the Jersey Shore” photo contest! Ultimately, the top twelve photos will be used to create New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium’s annual desktop calendar.

About the Contest:

New Jersey Sea Grant’s graphic design team will select 24 photos from all entries received up until June 1st.  Those finalists will then be posted on the NJSGC website where visitors can vote for their favorite throughout the month leading up to the July Fourth holiday.

New Jersey’s “Favorite Beaches” Photo Contest Submission Guidelines: 
(If your submission does not meet the following guidelines, it will not be considered)

  • One (1) photo submission per person, please.
  • Entries should be submitted as an attachment via email to
  • The email entry must include: name, current hometown, contact information (phone and email) and a title or name for the image.
  • Photo files must be .JPG format and a minimum of 300 DPI saved at quality setting of “10” or higher and 8 ½” for longest side
  • Images should be horizontal (landscape)
  • Entries will be accepted until 9 pm (EST) on June 1st, 2019
  • Submit only your own original work
  • Stick to the contest theme: The Natural Elements of New Jersey Beaches. We welcome both traditional and innovative approaches to this subject
  • Photos should be appropriate for a general audience. Explicit content is expressly prohibited
  • Post-processing and digital manipulation is not allowed, but minor adjustments to contrast, subtle burning, and dodging are acceptable since some images need minor adjustments due to scanning process or camera settings
  • All entries become the property of NJSGC and may be used by the organization for other educational or marketing materials (the twelve finalists will receive an additional waiver for signature prior to publication of the calendar)
  • By submitting your photo to this contest, you grant NJSGC permission to publicly display, reproduce, and use the photographs in all manner and media for any and all purposes, including related promotional purposes, in perpetuity. However, you will retain the copyright to your photo and NJSGC will not sell your photo. You also warrant that the photo is your original work and does not violate the copyright or any other personal or property right of any third party, and that you may be required to and can obtain any and all releases and permissions necessary for its use in the production of our calendar, including releases for any recognizable faces, unless they are incidental to a larger scene (e.g., a group of sunbathers on the beach)

To celebrate NJSGC’s “Favorite Beaches” contest in 2019, we’ll be announcing the Top 12 photos that received the most votes right before the July Fourth holiday.  These images will be used to create the 2020 NJSGC downloadable desktop calendar, which will also feature useful coastal facts and information that will help locals and visitors learn more about and appreciate the Jersey Shore. The twelve finalists will receive an additional waiver for signature prior to publication of the calendar.

NJSGC website

Student Opportunities at NJSGC, Summer 2019

April 5th, 2019

Enrollment is still open for NJSGC’s College Program and Marine Science Day Camp.

Are you currently enrolled at one of NJSGC’s Member Institutions? If so, take advantage of some “beach” learning this summer! NJSGC offers sessions on Intro to Marine Science and Intro to Marine Biology which can be transferred as direct credit. For more information, please visit our College Programs website.

As for those younger students interested in STEM, our marine science day camp program covers a diverse range of topics appropriate for grades 3-9. Spots are still available but  do fill-up quickly, so please contact Rosemary Higgins for any further inquiries.

We can’t wait to learn with you this summer at the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium!

Scouts Program Spring 2019: Individual Enrollment for Environmental Science & Oceanography Now Open

March 26th, 2019

We are delighted to announce that the next Individual Environmental Science merit badge program will be held at NJSGC on Sunday, May 5 (10:00 am – 3:00 pm) and the Individual Oceanography merit badge program on Saturday,  May 11 (10:00 am– 2:00 pm). The fee is $45.00/scout for each class; adults are free. Continue reading for more information!



In this interactive program at Sandy Hook, scouts will learn the basics of environmental science as we explore various aspects of the maritime environment. Through seining (net and boots provided), we will learn what lives in Sandy Hook Bay and about aquatic-based food webs. Hiking through the salt marsh, we will learn about its ecology through birding, plant identification, tidal impacts, water chemistry tests, and conduct a vegetation survey. We will study the effects of pollution on various environments both at the beach and in the laboratory, including simulated oil spills and acid rain, and discover how waves and tides affect pollution. Scouts will learn about biodegradable materials. We will study ocean acidification and soil erosion effects and analyze an Environmental Impact Statement. All badge requirements will be covered in one day except #4A. If scouts choose to, they may finish the badge by writing a lab report for Requirement 4A using vegetation data collected at the marsh. A pre-program activity packet is sent to each troop leader before the program, including an Environmental Science Worksheet which scouts MUST complete and bring with them to the scheduled program. This program is conducted by NJSGC educators who are certified merit badge counselors. The program runs approximately five hours and scouts will need transportation to the marsh site.


In a fun “hands on” ocean experience at Sandy Hook, Boy Scouts can complete all badge Requirements (except #8) of the Oceanography Merit badge in one day, with the help of a NJSGC Instructor. Scouts will explore the salt marsh and discover why the ocean is important to people. Activities include measuring beach water quality, studying waves and currents, viewing worldwide sand samples under the microscope, plankton collection and identification, laboratory experiments, and seining in Sandy Hook Bay. If scouts choose to, they can complete Requirement #8 (and the badge) by writing a 500-word report about their visit to NJSGC or give a 5-minute speech about Oceanography to their troop. A pre-program activity packet is sent to each troop leader before the program. It includes a mandatory Oceanography Worksheet and directions on how to make a plankton net. The packet and plankton net MUST be completed and brought to the scheduled program. This program is conducted by NJSGC educators who are also certified merit badge counselors. The program runs approximately four hours and scouts will need transportation to the marsh site.

Registration is mandatory and can be found on our website. The completed registration form goes directly to NJSGC’s Scout Program Coordinator Jody Sackett. Following registration, you will receive a confirmation along with payment instructions. Please feel free to contact Ms. Sackett at 732-872-1300 x20 with any further questions, and we look forward to seeing your scout here at NJSGC on Sandy Hook!

COASTodian Newsletter, Winter 2019 Edition

March 20th, 2019

It’s time to “chill out” and catch up with New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium! We hope that everyone enjoyed a wonderful holiday season, but now let’s get ready to “spring forward.” Check out some highlights from this edition of the COASTodian:

  • NJSGC revamped its rip current awareness program, and we’re currently looking for more student participation. Learn how to get your local school or library involved.
  • The 16th annual Ocean Fun Days takes place May 18-19th, so be sure to join our official Facebook event page for special highlights and updates.
  • Former NJSGC fellow Dr. Christopher Free was recently featured in a New York Times article… continue reading to find out why!
  • Interested in a job where you get to explore Sandy Hook while teaching children about marine science?  NJSGC’s hiring part-time field instructors, with no experience necessary!
Barracks building 22 restored // Executive Director Claire Antonucci cuts the ribbon for NJSGC’s grand opening at Fort Hancock in Sandy Hook, NJ on July 12th, 2010.
From left: Dr. Howard Parish (NJSGC Board of Trustees), Pete McCarthy (Unit Coordinator; NPS), Sean T. Kean (former State Senator; 2008-2012), Claire Antonucci (NJSGC Executive Director), Guy Hembling (Charles B. Hembling and Son, construction firm), Deborah Quinn (NJSGC Office Manager) Credit: Marsha Samuel (former NJSGC Communications Specialist)

Plus so much more! And as always, be sure to check out what’s new and get involved by tagging us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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