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

Introducing NJSGC’s 2018-2021 Strategic Plan

February 7th, 2018

Introduction and Background

It is widely known as the “Garden State,” but with 130 miles of ocean beaches and 1,792 miles of tidal shoreline, New Jersey could just as easily have been the “Coastal State.” Seventeen of New Jersey’s 21 counties border estuarine or ocean waters. NOAA defines all but one of those counties as coastal, and, under Section 6217 of the Federal 1990 Coastal Zone Management Reauthorization Act, all of New Jersey is considered coastal since all of its watersheds drain to the coast.

New Jersey is home to a number of extraordinary demographics. While it is the fourth smallest state area-wise, it is the most densely populated one in the nation. Like many coastal states, New Jersey is highly dependent upon its coastal resources. In addition to its coastal tourism, boating, and recreational fishing industries, New Jersey is home to nine commercial fishing ports and two of the nation’s largest commercial shipping ports. The value of these industries is enormous, with ports commerce supporting a $50 billion industry, coastal tourism at $28 billion, and total sales revenue in commercial (including aquaculture) and recreational fisheries accounting at nearly $10 billion. More than 1.5 million individuals with per capita incomes among the highest in the nation depend on these coastal-dependent industries for their livelihoods. The coast is also a source of recreation for New Jersey’s nearly 9 million residents and the 91 million-plus potential visitors who live within a four-hour drive.

View the 2018-2021 Strategic Plan here.

These competing uses have created intense competition for New Jersey’s coastal lands, waters, and resources. The state’s coastal communities face enormous pressure to balance demand for revenue and growth with protection of marine and coastal resources. In addition, because New Jersey’s coastline is heavily developed, human safety, protection of property, and coastal hazard mitigation are areas of ever-increasing concern. Balancing economic growth, development, and redevelopment, with coastal resource quality and human safety is the critical issue for the future of New Jersey’s coastal communities.

Science-based management and effective public policy are essential to ensuring human health and safety and to preserving New Jersey’s ecological services and economically essential uses. Through this plan, NJSGC renews its commitment to advance knowledge and stewardship for New Jersey’s marine and coastal environments and provide New Jersey’s citizens, stakeholders, and policymakers with a trusted source of sound, unbiased, and evidence-based information and technical assistance to help them make well-informed decisions and take appropriate actions affecting the future of the state’s coastal resources and all who depend on them.

This plan aligns with the National Sea Grant College Program’s 2018- 2021 Strategic Plan and is organized in accordance with its four focus areas: Healthy Coastal Ecosystems, Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture, Resilient Communities and Economies, and Environmental Literacy and Workforce Development. The plan also affirms New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium’s support of the National Sea Grant College Program’s core values and cross-cutting principles while drawing on the unique strengths and abilities of NJSGC to address critical state needs.


NJSGC Announces Latest Batch of Sea Grant-Funded Research Projects

February 5th, 2018

The New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium recently announced its latest round of Sea Grant-funded research projects that are included in the program’s omnibus for 2018-2020.

As previously reported, NJSGC received a record-breaking number of research pre-proposals from a diverse array of institutions in early 2017, all seeking funding to conduct research to respond to the priorities identified in NJSGC’s most recent request for proposals. Of the 43 pre-proposals submitted, NJSGC’s Technical Review Panel (TRP) recommended that 17 move forward to the final round of review. Full proposals were submitted in June and assessed until the end of the year.

During the rigorous review process, priorities for funding such research were determined through a collaborative process that received input from stakeholders, NJSGC’s advisory boards and partners, and several other objective specialists. The final projects were selected based on relevancy and scientific rigor using a competitive, peer-reviewed evaluation. As a result, the select projects chosen for funding 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, including:

Impacts of thin layer sediment deposition on salt marsh ecosystems

Establishing shellfish hatchery biosecurity certification standards to facilitate interstate transport of shellfish seed

River plumes as a control on microplastic entry into the food chain

Optimizing fishing regulations for New Jersey’s multi-species recreational bottom fishery to improve economic outcomes and angler satisfaction

Measuring dune, beach, and nearshore response to an extreme event:Atlantic City, New Jersey

Interactions among horseshoe crabs and intertidal oyster farms in the Delaware Estuary

Quantifying the effects of a changing climate on summer flounder recruitment

“Green” retrofit of stormwater BMPs for pollution prevention in urban coastal communities of New Jersey

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.

Updated descriptions of each project can be found at

Marine Science Day Camp 2018 Dates Announced!

January 10th, 2018

Marine Science Day Camp at the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium offers “hands-on” science learning for children interested in the ocean and marine life. Camp is held on Sandy Hook and combines outdoor explorations of the beach and bay with laboratory experiments and fun, educational games and crafts. Instructor to camper ratio is 1 to 6. The six updated sessions for 2018 are now listed below.

Please note that sessions are geared towards specific grade levels. For more information on the focus of each session, click here. Contact Rose Higgins at 732-872-1300 x19 to reserve a spot for your student today!

Jersey Shore Junior Science Symposium 2018 [Details]

December 6th, 2017

The Jersey Shore Junior Science Symposium will be held March 22-23, 2018 at Ocean County College in Toms River, NJ.

JSJSS is designed to challenge, engage, and publicly recognize students (Grades 9-12) conducting research in the sciences, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM).  The Army will sponsor five topic areas during the 2018 event:

Best in Nanotechnology & Advanced Materials Science (Additive Manufacturing)
Best in Robotics
Best in Computing, Computer Science, and Engineering
Best in Aerospace and Astrophysics
Best in Environmental and Earth Sciences

Finalists will compete for several extensive awards, including a $300 (first place) scholarship from the NJSGC.

Fore more information, please visit the official JSJSS website.

Registration is now CLOSED, but we strongly encourage teachers and students to attend as spectators. Please refer to the summary page or email for more details and consideration.

Fellowship Application Deadlines Approaching, January-February 2018

November 21st, 2017

Calling all Graduates!

The New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium manages and offers several fellowships each year in conjunction with the National Sea Grant College Program and other federal partners, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Marine Fisheries Service. Deadlines are fast approaching for three fellowships in January and February of 2018:

The NOAA/Sea Grant Coastal Management and Digital Coast Fellowship provides two years of on-the-job education and training in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students. The program matches postgraduate students with state coastal resource agencies and nonprofit organizations to work on coastal projects proposed by state officials and selected by the NOAA Office for Coastal Management. Deadline to apply is January 19, 2018. For general information on the Coastal Management and Digital Coast Fellowship go to: Also view the updated ‘digital coast’ announcement here.

Former NJSGC associate Jackie Specht was recently awarded the Coastal Management Fellowship and matched with Maryland’s Chesapeake and Coastal Service to continue studying the beneficial reuse of dredge material. 

The NOAA/Sea Grant John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship matches graduate students interested in ocean resources and the national policy decisions affecting them with “hosts” in the Washington, D.C. area for a one-year paid fellowship. Any student, regardless of citizenship, is eligible if enrolled towards a degree in an accredited graduate program.  Interested applicants must apply through their local Sea Grant Program.  New Jersey applicants are strongly encouraged to reach out to Dr. Peter Rowe or Ms. Claire Antonucci a minimum of one month prior to the state application deadline to provide notification of their intent to apply and request application support. Applicants should also allow sufficient time to schedule an interview at the program’s request. The state application deadline for New Jersey students to submit their final application package to NJSGC is February 23, 2018, 5pm local time. For more information on the Knauss Fellowship go to:

Former NJSGC associate Mary Kate Rogener was recently awarded the Knauss Fellowship through Georgia Sea Grant.

The NOAA Fisheries/Sea Grant Joint Graduate Fellowship Program in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics is designed to strengthen the collaboration between Sea Grant and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). The Fellowship is available to US citizens who are graduate students enrolled in PhD degree programs in academic institutions in the United States and its territories. Fisheries Fellows will work on thesis problems of public interest and relevance to NMFS at participating NMFS Science Centers or Laboratories under the guidance of NMFS mentors. Deadline to apply is January 26, 2018. For general information on the NOAA Fisheries/Sea Grant Fellowships go to:

Read more about these fellowships and how to apply here.

NMFS-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship Program 2018

November 14th, 2017


NOAA Sea Grant and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) are pleased to once again be partnering together for the NMFS-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship program. Two federal funding opportunities (FFO) are currently open to applicants seeking funding beginning in 2018.


The NMFS-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship program supports students pursuing doctoral degrees in population and ecosystem dynamics as well as marine resources economics. The program is a focused workforce development effort to train highly qualified professionals for NOAA’s science-based approach to fisheries management.

Since its inception, the joint fellowship program has supported 81 population and ecosystem dynamics students and 32 marine resource economics students. About 40% of the alumni now work for NOAA.

For more information and details on applying, please click here.

Additional resources:

FFO for Marine Resource Economics graduate fellowship

FFO for Population and Ecosystem Dynamics graduate fellowship

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