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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Join New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium and Jenkinson’s Aquarium for a special Junior Keepers Underwater Exploration program on August 12 at the Aquarium located on the boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach. Campers will learn why we explore our oceans and how aquariums play a role in conservation. Find out what happens behind the scene at the aquarium, and work in teams to design, build and deploy a remotely-operated underwater vehicle in one of the tanks. The four-hour program is recommended for ages 11 to 15 and costs $80 per child. Space is limited so do not hesitate to sign up. To register call Jenkinson’s Aquarium at 732-899-1659.
In celebration of the National Sea Grant College Program‘s 50th anniversary, we are celebrating water resources all through the month of July. This month, New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium shared the positive impacts of being a better boater with a featured story on the National Sea Grant website.Read more on how Sea Grant programs across the country are positively impacting water resources in weekly featured articles here. Highlights of work across the Sea Grant Network on water resources are available on the 50th Stories page and a fact sheet.
Now we want to hear from you. We all have a connection to water. What is your most memorable or favorite story about your local waterway? Share your waterway moment on social media with the hashtag #SeaGrantWater. See what others are adding to the conversation here.
If it is summertime, you can be pretty sure that most New Jersey residents have plans to make it to the beach. And with so many miles of wonderful coastline, why wouldn’t they? Whether it’s for a day trip or a whole week, New Jersey beaches are prime locations for summer fun in our great outdoors.
This poll was created in 2008 as the New Jersey’s Top Ten Beaches Survey to encourage stewardship and pride in the state’s beaches while promoting a little healthy competition between New Jersey’s favorite beach towns. It is a way to celebrate everything there is to love about the Jersey Shore. We’ve conducted this poll since 2008 to call attention to New Jersey’s amazing beaches. Over time we’ve learned a thing or two — mostly that New Jerseyans are passionate about all the beaches up and down our coast. So, in order to better recognize every inch of our wonderful coastline, this year we will recognize a number one beach in each of New Jersey’s four coastal counties as well as a favorite beach overall.
This year after nearly 10,000 votes cast in a public poll, New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium revealed the winners in Ocean City, the defending champion of the poll.
In the news
As summer approaches, sharks are often the center of media attention as swimmers enter the water and habitat of these creatures. However, only 6 deaths occur worldwide due to shark attacks while more than 100 people per year die as a result of rip currents in the United States.
Join Dr. Amy Williams for Ocean Hazards: Rip Currents vs. Sharks at the Beach Haven Public Library. Dr. Williams, New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium Coastal Ecology Extension Agent will present on June 22 to raise awareness about rip currents and what to do if you are caught in one. She will return to the library for a presentation specifically geared toward children on August 3 at 10:30, featuring a game of rip current Jeopardy.
For additional information on New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium’s Rip Current Awareness program visit njseagrant.org/extension/coastal-concerns/rip-current-awareness.
Sea Grant works with coastal communities around the country to strengthen their ability to plan, adapt, and recover to coastal hazards. As part of an effort to visualize the wide breadth of community resilience projects across the National Sea Grant program, Delaware Sea Grant developed this interactive story map.
Take a spin at the Climate Hazards Game with Dr. Michael Schwebel on June 5. Learn firsthand about the decision processes that emergency planners and public officials now face.
Schwebel, Community Resilience and Climate Adaptation Specialist at the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium and Monmouth University’s Urban Coast Institute, developed the game as a way to educate audiences of all ages about pressing threats coastal communities face and steps that can be taken to deal with them. Players spin wheels that show the likelihood of various coastal hazards taking place and are challenged to allocate a limited amount of funding to deal with each of them.
Dr. Schwebel’s presentation will take place on June 5 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m at the Eatontown Community Center at 58 Broad Street, Eatontown, N.J.
Take this opportunity to learn the basics about climate change and coastal resiliency and answer the question of the difference between weather and climate. You will also learn what it means to choose eco or ego solutions.
No reservations are needed and the event is recommended for ages 10 and up. Light refreshments will be served.
The event is sponsored by the Eatontown Environmental Commission. For more information, email EEC@yahoo.com or call Sara at 732-890-6772.
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