After dozens of entries and thousands of votes, NJSGC announced the Top 12 “Jersey Shore” photo contest winners during our annual “Favorite Beaches” ceremony in Ocean City.

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.

The Communications Department provides comprehensive services to the Consortium and its project partners by using all possible means and mediums including, print, computer/web-based technology, video, radio, and broadcast television.

News & Events

Application Now Open for 2020 Coastal Management and Digital Coast Fellowship Program

December 3rd, 2019

The NOAA Office of Coastal Management (OCM) offers the Coastal Management and Digital Coast Fellowship Program. This on-the-job education and training in coastal resource management and policy is offered to postgraduate students and provides assistance to state coastal zone management agencies and NOAA partners.  The nine fellowship positions start in August 2020 and are available with the California State Coastal Conservancy, the coastal programs in Delaware, Guam, Maryland, Texas, and U.S. Virgin Islands, and three of our Digital Coast partners, including the Association of State Floodplain Managers (in partnership with the Coastal States Organization), the National Estuarine Research Reserve Association, and The Nature Conservancy.

Eligibility requirements, descriptions of the projects, and guidance on how to apply can be found here (or view this flyer for more information).

For the 2020 fellowship, applicants must complete a Master’s or other advanced degree at an accredited U.S. university between January 1, 2019, and July 31, 2020, to be eligible. A broad range of degrees are applicable to the fellowship because the projects are varied among the host organizations. This two-year opportunity offers a competitive salary, medical benefits, and travel and relocation expense reimbursement.

Application for the 2020 Coastal Management Fellowship Program must be submitted to the Sea Grant office in the state where the student is receiving their degree by Friday, January 17, 2020 5pm local time. New Jersey students are encouraged to contact Dr. Peter Rowe at the NJSGC with any questions or concerns.

Knauss Fellowship Application Now Open for 2021

October 30th, 2019

New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium along with the Sea Grant National Office are pleased to announce that the Knauss Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO/FFO) for 2021 is now open. Please view the full announcement at

To support and encourage recruitment, these additional resources are also available to the public:

 The deadline to apply for students is February 21, 2020.

Visit our fellowships webpage for more updates, and please contact NJSGC’s Acting Director Dr. Peter Rowe with any additional questions.

NJSGC will host an informational webinar on Thursday, December 5th from 10 am – 12 pm. Please contact our Communications Specialist Danica Bellini if you would like to register.

Public Comments Sought for NJSGC’s Site Review, November 2019

September 26th, 2019

New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium will be reviewed on November 19-21 by a team convened by the National Sea Grant College Program. The review will be conducted at our Fort Hancock headquarters located on Sandy Hook, NJ and will consider all aspects of New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium’s programs, including but not limited to management and organization, performance, stakeholder engagement, and other 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 New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium to

Kindly send your comments at your earliest convenience – the comment period will end on November 12, 2019. Please put “New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium site review” in the subject line.

Thank you for assisting New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium in providing the review team with your thoughts and comments!

Lenape and the Jersey Shore, Dates Available for Fall 2019

September 23rd, 2019

Lenape and the Jersey Shore: During this full-day (4-5 hours) program, students will gain insight into the history of New Jersey’s Native Americans and how they interacted with our coastal environment to survive. Students will get a chance to fish and hunt as the Lenape did, plus “make and take” a Native American inspired craft. $300.00 per group, 25 students per group.

Native Ways: This is a half-day (2-hour program). Students will go fishing with a seine net and learn about the native people who camped on “Sandy Poynt” during pre-colonial times. A Native-American inspired craft can be included with advance request (time permitting). $165 per group, 25 students per group.

To learn more or to book a trip, please contact NJSGC’s education associate Melanie Tarling at 732-872-1300 x13.

Download a PDF version of the program flyer here.

Sea Grant Announces Aquaculture Research Grant Recipients for 2019

September 19th, 2019

The National Sea Grant College Program recently announced $16 million in federal funding awards to fill important gaps in aquaculture knowledge, advancement of existing efforts, and development of new possibilities. The funds will be disbursed amongst three targeted programs which represent specific areas of need for U.S. aquaculture and build on the foundation Sea Grant, NOAA, and others have built with investments over the last several years.

  • Advanced Aquaculture Collaborative Programs: Ten projects will develop integrated teams of professionals focused on accelerating the development of specific aquaculture topics. These teams will establish a collaborative program to plan for and appropriately focus the next generation of aquaculture investments while enhancing the synthesis and transfer of past research advances to the industry.
  • Exploring New Aquaculture Opportunities: Sixteen projects will focus on the development of new, and at times higher-risk, topics for which minimal foundation currently exists to inform and focus potential future investments.
  • Social, Economic, and Behavioral Research Needs in Aquaculture: Sixteen projects will address critical gaps in social, behavioral, and economic knowledge.

Three researchers from New Jersey will receive funding through these awards:

Atlantic and Gulf Shellfish Seed Biosecurity Collaborative

Lead PI: David Bushek, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey (managed by NJSGC)

The GIS Based Tool for Spatial Planning and Management of Shellfish Aquaculture in New Jersey

Lead PI: Michael DeLuca, Rutgers the State University of New Jersey

Innovative restoration aquaculture of freshwater mussels in the tidal freshwater zone of the Delaware Estuary Watershed for water quality improvement

Co-PI: Danielle Kreeger, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary; Roger Thomas, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (managed by NJSGC)

View the official Sea Grant/NOAA announcement HERE.

Please contact New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium’s Acting Director Dr. Peter Rowe for further information and comment at 732-872-1300 x31.

See some of the impacts resulting from Sea Grant-funded aquaculture research and learn more about aquaculture in the U.S.

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