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

Building Ecological Solutions to Coastal Community Hazards – A Guide for New Jersey Coastal Communities

October 10th, 2017

The National Wildlife Federation, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and the partners of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant “Building Ecological Solutions to Coastal Community” are pleased to provide this guide.

It is our hope that by highlighting ecological solutions to New Jersey’s coastal hazards, we can help communities prepare and adapt to ongoing and future changes, strengthening long-term coastal resilience for both people and wildlife. This guide advances practices that can help coastal communities to become safer and more sustainable in ways that work with, rather than against, nature. It describes ecological solutions to coastal community hazards, including measures to protect open space, enhance and protect coastal ecosystems (including beaches and dunes, coastal forests and shrublands, and tidal marshes) in ways that increase elevation and reduce erosion and flooding risks.

Please visit NJ’s ‘Coastal Solutions Guide’ website for more information.

Environmental Science Adventures with the Boy Scouts

September 21st, 2017

Memebers of Troop 36 from Long Valley, NJ earned their Environmental Science merit badges on the shores of Sandy Hook earlier this month. Congrats to the Scouts, and thanks for joining us in the NJSGC lab!

For more information on NJSGC’s Scouts Program, please click here.

Introducing NJSGC ‘Highlights’

September 18th, 2017

Following the success and popularity of NJSGC’s quarterly newsletter the COASTodian, we’d like to provide more consistent and timely updates for our supporters to enjoy!

NJSGC ‘Highlights’ offers a weekly roundup of all the exciting things happening at the Consortium. From research and project achievements to staff updates to environmental/coastline concerns to current events involving the science and marine world – get a better inside look into all the hard work that helps shape and progress NJSGC!

Please find NJSGC’s new ‘highlights’ section under the ‘Communications’ tab. For more information or if you’d like to pitch any relevant story ideas, please contact our Communications Specialist Danica Bellini at

The ‘highlights’ just launched last week (Sept. 11-15), so let us know what you think!

NJSGC Job Opportunity: Part-Time Scout Instructors Needed for Weekends!

September 11th, 2017

The Education Program at NJSGC is seeking year-round, part-time instructors for their Boy and Girl Scout Programs. These innovative programs pair marine and environmental science education with merit badge requirements to help students grow as scouts, scientists, and stewards. Following a paid training period, you will lead scout groups on hands-on, interactive explorations of Sandy Hook’s salt marsh and barrier beach environments and provide classroom and laboratory instruction. Experience is not necessary, but a background in marine science, scouting, or education is helpful. Scheduling is flexible but the ability to work some weekend and evening (after-school) hours is a must. Interested candidates should email resumes to Rosemary Higgins or mail resume to:

Rosemary Higgins
New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium
22 Magruder Road
Fort Hancock, NJ 07732

Register Now for Boy Scout Merit Badge Individual Enrollment!

September 6th, 2017

Hello from NJSGC!

For those still interested, classes for the Environmental Science and Oceanography merit badges (individual enrollment) are now confirmed for Fall 2017.

We are delighted to announce that the next Individual Enrollment Oceanography merit badge will be held at NJSGC on Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 10:00 – 2:00 pm.  The fee is $35.00/scout and adults are free.

The next Individual Enrollment Environmental Science merit badge will be held at NJSGC on Sunday, October 1,  2017 from 10:00 – 3:00 pm. The fee is $45.00/scout and adults are free.

Registration is now open to the public, so if interested, please visit and the completed registration form will go directly to our Scouts Program Coordinator, Jody Sackett. Please feel free to contact Jody at or 732-872-1300 ext. 20 for more information.

Thanks, and we look forward to seeing your scout here at NJSGC on Sandy Hook!

New Jersey Clean Marina Program Now Supports Over 40 Certified Local Establishments!

August 30th, 2017

The New Jersey Clean Marina Program  is a voluntary, incentive-based initiative that encourages marinas to adopt environment-friendly business practices to reduce pollution in local waterbodies.  The NJCMP is managed by the Coastal Management Office of the NJDEP and has entered into a formal agreement with the Extension Program to carry out additional tasks such as outreach to marina owners, yacht clubs and boatyards, coordination of educational workshops and provision of technical assistance.

The following marinas have been certified as New Jersey Clean Marinas by the New Jersey Clean Marina Program

BAYWOOD MARINA                                                                    MAIN ONE MARINA, INC.
BRENNAN BOAT COMPANY                                                      MORGAN MARINA
BRIDGE MARINA                                                                         MORRISON’S BEACH HAVEN MARINA
BROWN’S BOAT YARD                                                               MUNRO’S MARINA INC.
C-JAM YACHT SALES                                                                NEW LIBERTY LANDING MARINA
CLARK’S LANDING MARINA                                                     OCEAN GATE YACHT BASIN
CURTIN MARINA                                                                        PERTH AMBOY HARBORSIDE MARINA
DILLON’S CREEK MARINA                                                        PIER 47 MARINA
FORKED RIVER STATE MARINA                                               ROBBIES LOVELADIES MARINA
GARDEN STATE YACHT SALES                                               SCHOONER ISLAND MARINA
GOOD LUCK POINT MARINA                                                  SHERMAN’S BOAT BASIN
GREEN COVE MARINA                                                             SHORE HAVEN YACHT CLUB
HAGLER’S MARINA INC                                                            SHORE POINT MARINA
HARBOR VIEW CLUB AND MARINA                                       SILVER CLOUD HARBOR MARINA
HOBBY LOBBY MARINE                                                           SOUTHWICKS MARINA
JERSEY SHORE MARINA BOATS                                            SPENCER’S BAYSIDE MARINA
KEY HARBOR MARINA                                                              THE MARINA AT TALL OAKS
LEAMINGS MARINA, INC                                                          TWIN LIGHTS MARINA
LEONARDO STATE MARINA                                                     VIKING YACHTING CENTER
LIGHTHOUSE MARINA                                                              WILBERT’S MARINA


For more contact information on each marina listed above, please click here.

Each facility has successfully implemented sufficient best management practices, earning a Clean Marina score of at least 80%, thus demonstrating a commitment to protecting water quality and coastal resources by preventing and reducing nonpoint sources of pollution. Congratulations to all on your effort and success!

You can learn more about the NJCMP by downloading a copy of the brochure, requesting a copy of the NJ Clean Marina Guidebook, or visiting

Contact: Michael Danko

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