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

NJSGC Celebrates Wright State University Partnership

June 21st, 2017

New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium’s partnership with Wright State University, Dayton, OH spans over two decades of educational growth and development.

Earlier this month, NJSGC’s Executive Director Claire Antonucci and Education Program Coordinator Diana Burich joined Wright State University’s Dr. William Slattery and 18 eager graduate students to observe the Garden State’s ever-changing coastline. The group, who are working towards their Masters of Science in Teaching Earth System Science at Wright State, participated in a program developed by Dr. Slattery and NJSGC known as “Ancient Ocean – Modern Ocean.”  The two-day expedition included searching for fossils at Poricy Park, surveying the lengthy shores of Sandy Hook, and investigating water quality and other biological parameters aboard a research vessel in Raritan Bay.

Here’s to another successful trip with Wright State University!

New Jersey’s Favorite Beaches 2017 Awards Ceremony Announcement

June 20th, 2017

Media Advisory

What: New Jersey’s Favorite Beaches poll, winners revealed

Where: Music Pier, 825 Boardwalk, Ocean City, N.J.

When: Thursday, June 29th at 11 a.m.

About: New Jersey’s Favorite Beaches is presented by New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium. It is an annual public poll that began in 2008 to encourage stewardship and pride for the Garden State’s beaches. The results are based on a vote held from May to June. The overall top beach will be announced, and winners from each coastal county will also be honored.

RSVP: Please confirm your attendance by emailing New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium Communication Specialist, Danica Bellini.

Ocean County Pumpout Boat Program Celebrates 20th Anniversary

June 12th, 2017

June 2017 – On Friday (June 2nd), the New Jersey Clean Vessel Act Program joined in celebrating Ocean County for successfully operating its growing fleet of pumpout boats over the last 20 years.  Such significant contributions have helped improve water quality throughout Barnegat Bay and Little Egg Harbor for the past two decades.

The New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium was represented at the Seaside Park Yacht Club by Assistant Director of Extension and the Marine Recreation Agent of Fisheries & Boating, Michael Danko.

The federal Clean Vessel Act was passed 26 years ago, thanks to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection/Division of Fish & Wildlife for requesting and managing the approval of such federal funds. State funds are also provided by “Shore Protection” license plate sales.

The New Jersey Clean Vessel Act Program now operates as a partnership among the Division of Fish & Wildlife, the Monmouth County Health Department, the Marine Trades Association of New Jersey, the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, and Ocean County Planning Department (plus additional public and private entities).

Ocean County Department of Planning Director David J. McKeon was also recognized during the ceremony for such achievements.

Despite initial hurdles and reservations, the program’s first pumpout was successfully installed at Green Cove Marina located on the Metedeconk River. Nowadays, the approval, purchasing, and maintenance procedures for additional fleets run rather smoothly (with a current total of six operating boats). Services are offered free of charge.

The ongoing success of the Ocean County Pumpout Program relies heavily on partnerships with Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholder, Ocean County Planning Department, Ocean County Utilities Authority, Township of Brick, Borough of Seaside Park, Tuckerton Seaport, and the dedicated pumpout boat captains.

We wish the Ocean County Pumpout Program and all associates a very successful future in providing such phenomenal pumpout boat services.

For additional information, please visit the Ocean County Department of Planning website.

Learn more about the Clean Vessel Act Program here.

Beautiful Night & Great Turnout for Horseshoe Crab Twilight Beach Walk 2017!

June 12th, 2017

Participants explored the shores of Sandy Hook under the full moon on Friday, June  9 . The gentle tides

Featuring a guided hike along Sandy Hook Bay, this program also includes crafts, a power point presentation, touch tanks, and other discovery-based activities inside NJSGC’s classroom and laboratory.

The horseshoe crab mating ritual is set in motion by the full moon during early, warm summer months – which makes the Jersey Shore a perfect spot to examine such amazing living fossils before the official start of summer!

To learn more about this annual event, please visit our registration page.

The New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium Broadcasting LIVE from the Asbury Park Boardwalk with 94.3 The Point!

June 1st, 2017

June 2017 – Thanks to our longtime community partner, New Jersey Natural Gas, NJSGC will contribute weekly radio talks about ocean safety, current beach conditions, and other important environmental issues on “The Jersey Shore’s Hit Music Channel” – 94.3 The Point (WJKL) all summer!

Tom Hayes of NJNG with Claire Antonucci of NJSGC and Matt Ryan from The Point

Sponsored by New Jersey Natural Gas, broadcasts will take place every Friday throughout the summer, at approximately 8:45 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Among several “hot” topics, upcoming on air discussions will include:

Rip currents



Water quality

Summer events and activities

Expert members of NJSGC will lead each conversation with help from popular The Point radio DJs, including Matt Ryan.

Learn more about the New Jersey Natural Gas Asbury Park Boardwalk Studio at, where fans can also listen live 24/7.

The New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium will continue posting updates and reminders on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Please visit for additional information, or contact NJSGC Communications Specialist Danica Bellini for any further questions and concerns.

Horseshoe Crab Twilight Beach Walk – Register now for June 9th event!

May 30th, 2017

Observe horseshoe crabs in their natural habitat under the stars at the Jersey Shore!

Scheduled in June during the full moon, this program includes a guided hike along Sandy Hook Bay and crafts, a power point presentation, touch tanks, and other discovery-based activities inside NJSGC’s classroom and laboratory. This year, our annual twilight walk of discovery at Horseshoe Cove on Sandy Hook will be held on Friday, June 9th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. (check-in at 5:15 p.m.). With a warm high tide and a glowing full moon, it’s the perfect time to try and see horseshoe crabs on the beach. During this program, you 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. Cost is $9/person. Open to all ages (under 3 years of age, no charge), but advance registration is REQUIRED before the event. Registration closes on June 7th so be sure to register today!

For more information, please contact Jody Sackett at or call 732.872.1300 x20.

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Also feel free to contact NJSGC’s Communications Specialist Danica Bellini with any further questions or concerns.

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