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

Nurture Nature Center delivers final CSAP report on NWS storm warnings: Research is one component of a 10-study program

May 29th, 2015

FORT HANCOCK — Researchers from the Nurture Nature Center in Easton, Pa. have submitted their final report — They Had the Facts. Why Didn’t They Act?: Understanding and Improving Public Response to National Weather Service Coastal Flooding Forecasts — to New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium.

The Nurture Nature Center-led researchers, which included investigators from Rutgers University Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve and East Carolina University, were one of 10 teams awarded grants through the Coastal Storm Awareness Program, or CSAP, administered by Sea Grant programs in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. And they are one of three teams administered directly by NJSGC.

“This project was needed because so many people failed to heed evacuation mandates and pleas despite the accuracy of the Superstorm Sandy forecast.” said Dr. Peter Rowe, the NJSGC director of research and the principal investigator for New Jersey’s component of CSAP. “These research projects examine different angles of three main questions: how do we improve storm warnings, through what channels do people receive those messages, and how to people make their decisions to act in response to storm warnings. The Nurture Nature Center really dug into the first question by examining how storm warnings are communicated.”

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State of the Shore 2015

May 21st, 2015

ASBURY PARK — The New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium issued Thursday its annual State of the Shore report

The cold and snow of the past winter had little impact on the state’s beaches. Thanks to realtively few coastal storms, typical waves and minor flooding, the beaches and dunes were not punished by eroision.

Click here to read the full report.

Two years of mild winters has lead to most of the more than 14 million cubic yards of sand washed away by Superstorm Sandy to be replaced by natural processes. The natural replacement of sand has been bolstered by Army Corps of Engineers beach renourishment projects.

Commissioner Bob Martin, of the state Department of Environmental Protection, which is a NJSGC-member organization, spoke about the state’s efforts in conjunction with the federal government to rebuild Sandy-damaged beaches throughout the state, the water quality at those beaches and the low number of days in which beaches needed to be closed last summer.

Click here to read an NJDEP statement about commissioner Martin’s remarks.

Media Advisory: State of the Shore Report

May 8th, 2015

What: Annual State of the Shore Report.

Who: NJDEP Commissioner Bob Martin; Dr. Jon Miller, NJSGC coastal process specialist; Dr. Stewart Farrell of Stockton University’s Coastal Research Center.

Where: McCloone’s Asbury Grill
1200 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park.

When: May 21 at 11 a.m.

About: The State of the Shore is an annual report examining erosion and other impacts to the Jersey Shore. Particular attention this year will be given to the amount of erosion incurred by Superstorm Sandy, and how the beaches in the state’s four coastal counties are recovering from a loss of 14.24 million cubic yards of sand, which is the equivalent of 7.12 million light duty pick-up truck payloads.

RSVP: Please confirm your attendance by emailingMatthew McGrath, NJSGC communications specialist.

From the 2014 Annual Report: Chairman Dennis Kearney’s Message

April 16th, 2015

Read the 2014 Annual Report.

Sandy Hook houses two beacons. The Lighthouse, erected in 1764, is the nation’s oldest protector of shipping lanes. New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, founded 200 years later, is the State’s staunchest defender of maritime well-being. These twin guardians stand but a few hundred yards apart.

New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium is unique in the United States, comprised of 24 colleges, universities and other entities committed to preserving, protecting and honoring New Jersey’s coastal environment. As you will see in these pages, we excel at maximizing our grant and operating funds to promote research, outreach and education.

Our scientists study what lies beneath the waves and what lies at the water’s edge. We are out in the field in coastal communities, educating residents on coping with climate change. The origins of Superstorm Sandy are less important than the lessons we learn from it. Our educators have eyes on the future, instilling a sense of awe into thousands of children who pass through our doors each year. Your scientists of tomorrow are our pupils today.

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Programs full, Wait lists formed for horseshoe crab walk and Boy Scout Oceanography

April 10th, 2015

The consortium’s popular Horseshoe Crab Twilight Beach Walk, scheduled for June 6 is full.  This is an annual one-day event held at Sandy Hook. You can register for the waiting list for this June event but we cannot guarantee openings.  Click here for more information.

The two NJSGC Boy Scout Individual Merit Badge courses — Environmental Science, and Oceanography— are also full.  Both courses will be offered again in early fall.  You can register for the waiting list at ; waiting list scouts will have registration priority in the next class.  More course information is available at this website page as well.

For questions about the programs or the waiting list, please email Scout Program Coordinator Jody Sackett, or call at 732-872-1300 x20.

Public comments sought for New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium Review

March 27th, 2015

New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium will be reviewed on May 13 and 14, 2015 by a team convened by the National Sea Grant College Program. The review will be conducted at the Consortium’s Sandy Hook Headquarters and will consider all aspects of NJSGC’s programs including management, stakeholder engagement and 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 NJSGC to

Kindly send your comments at your earliest convenience–the comment period will end on May 6, 2015. Please put “New Jersey Sea Grant site review” in the subject line.

Thank you for assisting us by letting the review team hear from you!

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