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

New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium Announces Latest Round of Sea Grant-Funded Research Projects

May 3rd, 2016

New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium has announced its latest round of Sea Grant-funded research projects. Projects were selected from dozens of proposals received in response to a request for proposals (RFP) issued by NJSGC in December 2014. The RFP specified research priorities that were determined through a collaborative process that received input from stakeholders, NJSGC’s advisory boards and partners, and the public. The final projects were selected based on relevancy and scientific rigor using a competitive, peer-reviewed process.  As a result, funded projects reflect local concerns and seek solutions to New Jersey’s most pressing marine and coastal issues. The current cycle covers a wide range of topics from communicating about flood risk to new species development for New Jersey’s shellfish farmers. Descriptions of each project can be found at

While these projects span a variety of topics, they all contribute towards NJSGC’s mission to provide sound scientific data to promote wise decision-making about New Jersey’s coastal and marine resources.

Projects are funded in part through a grant from NOAA/National Sea Grant which NJSGC has successfully managed in the state of New Jersey since 1976.  NJSGC’s next research RFP will be issued in December 2016.

NJSGC-Supported Study on Sea Level Rise Gains Media Attention

May 3rd, 2016

This originally appeared in the Spring edition of New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium’s newsletter, Coastodian.

Dr. Robert Kopp’s NJSGC-funded project, Development of Historically-Calibrated Sea Level Rise Projections for Risk Management Along the New Jersey Shore, found that sea level is rising at a faster rate than any time in the last 3,000 years. The findings were published in the journalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Kopp, the lead author, is a professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Rutgers University. The study was covered by the The New York Times, Associated Press, NPRRutgers Today and many other outlets.

Read More…

New Jersey Sea Grant Among Hosts of Ocean Frontiers II Screening and Panel Discussion

April 7th, 2016
Please join us on May 2 for a special screening of Ocean Frontiers II at the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library, followed by a Q & A with a panel of local and regional experts on ocean stewardship and the Mid-Atlantic’s first-ever regional ocean plan! In a region steeped in old maritime tradition, the film tells the story of a modern wave of big ships, offshore wind energy and a changing climate, and how people are coming together to plan for a healthy ocean off their coast.


When: Monday, May 2, 2016; Reception: 6:00pm; Film and Discussion: 6:308:30pm
Where: Toms River Branch, Ocean County Library, 101 Washington Street, Toms River, NJ 08753
Free admission & refreshments
Event details & RSVP:

Read More…

NOAA Office for Coastal Management Accepting Applications for Digital Coast Fellowship

March 21st, 2016

The NOAA Office for Coastal Management is accepting applications for the Digital Coast Fellowship. Three fellowship opportunities will be available in 2016. This two-year opportunity starts in August 2016, and offers a competitive salary, medical benefits, and travel and relocation expense reimbursement.

This program’s mission, modeled after the Coastal Management fellowship, is to provide on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students and to provide project assistance to Digital Coast Partnership organizations.

Read More…

Horseshoe Crab Twilight Beach Walk Date Set

March 11th, 2016
horseshoe crab

Photo by Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region.

Our annual twilight walk of discovery at Horseshoe Cove on Sandy Hook will be held again in 2016.  There are two available sessions: Friday, June 17th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm; and Saturday, June 18th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.  With a warm high tide, and a full moon, it’s the perfect time to see horseshoe crabs on the beach. We will learn about this amazing living fossil through hands-on exploration, crafts, a PowerPoint lecture, touch tanks, and other activities in our laboratory classroom. This event is open to individuals, families and groups including scout troops.

Read More…

View all news and events »