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The New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium advances knowledge and stewardship of New Jersey’s marine and coastal environment through research, education and extension.

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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.

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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.

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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

Keep Off The Dune Signs Now Available

November 30th, 2016

We’ve all seen them: big signs on the beach that warn not to step or walk onto the dunes. But why? This Keep Off Dunes sign, available from New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, seeks to go further than just warn the public to keep off the dunes by explaining the many important benefits of dunes.

While they play an important role in stabilizing beaches and protecting our homes and infrastructure, dunes provide an essential habitat for many plants and animals.  Walking on dunes can destroy the plants that hold them together. Without these plants, wind would erode the sand off the dune, diminishing its effectiveness as a natural barrier. This is why it is so important to stay off the dunes and always use designated dune walkways.

So now if you tell someone they should keep off the dunes, you’ll be empowered to explain why.

New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium also offers a Dune Manual. The Dune Manual answers a variety of questions and provides valuable resources for community groups or towns looking to build or restore the dunes along the beaches in your area.

Municipal officials interested in obtaining these signs can contact the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium at 732-872-1300 ext 10.

 

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New Climate Infographic and More in Coastodian Autumn 2016

October 17th, 2016

From Marine Science Day Camp at Sandy Hook to Pennsylvania Coast Day in Philadelphia, New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium staff have been busy across the state and beyond. We hope you enjoy our recap of our action-packed summer and a fall preview in the Autumn 2016 edition of Coastodian.

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Rip Current Research At The Jersey Shore

October 15th, 2016

While the beach is a relatively safe spot for summertime fun, there is often something dangerous lurking in the water — rip currents!

In order to better understand this beach hazard, New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium extension specialists and Stevens Coastal Center researchers spent a few days at the beach launching brightly colored drifters into the water, hoping to catch a current. These drifters, equipped with GPS units, can measure speed and direction.

The team used rip current data-logging drifters loaned by North Carolina Sea Grant as part of an ongoing rip current collaboration across the Sea Grant network. Read more about New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium’s Rip Current Awareness Program.

Researchers study rip currents in Ocean City, N.J. Photos by Amy Williams.

Coastal Resiliency at PA Coast Day

October 15th, 2016
New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium staff ventured to Pennsylvania Coast Day. Dr. Michael Schwebel, NJSGC/Urban Coast Institute community resilience and climate adaptation specialist, taught visitors about resilience. Visitors utilized shells and other items to protect models of communities against storms in a wave tank. Dr. Peter Rowe, NJSGC’s director of research and extension, taught visitors about an extremely important species, the horseshoe crab.
Visitors used a wave tank and learned about horseshoe crabs. Photos by Michael Schwebel.

Educators Present Storm Surge Curriculum

October 15th, 2016
What exactly is storm surge? What causes it and how is it measured? NJSGC’s educators sought to answer these questions and more in their Understanding Storm Surge lesson plan. This Summer, Claire Antonucci, NJSGC executive director, and Diana Burich, K-12 program coordinator, presented their storm surge curriculum module at the National Marine Educators Association Conference. The module was created by Mindy Voss, education specialist, as a response to the findings of the Coastal Storm Awareness Program. View and download Understanding Storm Surge as well as other curriculum developed by New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium here.
Educators follow along and complete activities included in the lesson plan. Photos by Claire Antonucci.

New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium Offers Fall Education Programs

September 7th, 2016

Fall is a wonderful time to visit Sandy Hook and participate in one of New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium’s education programs. In addition to full day field trip programs, this fall you can book a half-day session or receive reduced rates for our Native American programs (November only).

Reserve your program now by calling Sandy at 732-872-1300, ext. 13 or by email at reservations@njseagrant.org.

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