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.
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View the Ocean Fun Days schedule schedule here.
Ocean Fun Days are here again! Enjoy two days of free family fun at this annual event focused on New Jersey’s coastal environment. On Saturday May 21 Ocean Fun Days takes place at Island Beach State Park in Seaside Park, N.J. and on May 22 the event will be held on Sandy Hook at New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium’s headquarters in the historic Fort Hancock section of the park. Both days are rain or shine from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and admission and parking are free.
Bring the entire family for a day of coastal crafts, touch tanks, energy conservation exhibits, energy scavenger hunts, eco tours, youth fishing clinics, face painting, giveaways and our famous fiddler crab races. On Sunday, there will also be an open house of the NOAA Marine Lab at Sandy Hook and tours of Fort Hancock’s historic sites.
Be sure to enter the free drawing for a chance to win a Jenkinson’s Family of Five Fun pack. This prize includes passes to the beach, amusements and mini golf, plus admission to Jenkinson’s Aquarium in Point Pleasant Beach.
New for this year is the “Picture-This, Caption That!” challenge. Students in grades 3-5 and 6-8 created photos with captions depicting how they conserve energy and help preserve our natural resources. At Ocean Fun Days, visitors will be able to cast their vote to select two winners who will receive guided field trips for their entire class to either Island Beach State Park or Sandy Hook.
Ocean Fun Days is presented by founding sponsor New Jersey Natural Gas, in partnership with New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, Asbury Park Press, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
“Each year we look forward to partnering with New Jersey Natural Gas and all our partners and exhibitors to offer this free event to the public. Everyone involved is truly committed to our state’s incredible shoreline and shares in our goal to educate the public about its sustainable use and care,” notes Claire Antonucci, executive director of New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium.
Please join us on May 19th for a special screening of Ocean Frontiers II at Maris Stella Retreat and Conference Center in Harvey Cedars, N.J., 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:Thursday, May 19, 2016; Reception: 6:30 p.m.; Film and Discussion: 7:00-8:45 p.m.
Where: Maris Stella Retreat and Conference Center,
7201 Long Beach Boulevard,
Harvey Cedars, NJ 08008-3135
Free admission & refreshments
New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium presented awards to two students at the 54th Annual Monmouth Junior Science Symposium. The symposium took place March 17 and 18 at Monmouth University with the goal to promote research and experimentation in the sciences, engineering and mathematics at the high school level. Another important component is to recognize these students for outstanding achievement.
“I was highly impressed with the caliber of research and the motivation of these young scientists,” notes Claire Antonucci, executive director of New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium. It was an honor to recognize their hard work with these two awards.”
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.
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.
Descriptions of each project can be found at njseagrant.org/research/research-projects.
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, NPR, Rutgers Today and many other outlets.
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: 6:30–8:30pm
Where: Toms River Branch, Ocean County Library, 101 Washington Street, Toms River, NJ 08753
Free admission & refreshments
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