The New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium advances knowledge and stewardship of New Jersey’s marine and coastal environment through research, education and extension.


Providing sound scientific data 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

From the 2014 Annual Report: Chairman Dennis Kearney’s Message

April 16th, 2015

Read the 2014 Annual Report.

Sandy Hook houses two beacons. The Lighthouse, erected in 1764, is the nation’s oldest protector of shipping lanes. New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, founded 200 years later, is the State’s staunchest defender of maritime well-being. These twin guardians stand but a few hundred yards apart.

New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium is unique in the United States, comprised of 24 colleges, universities and other entities committed to preserving, protecting and honoring New Jersey’s coastal environment. As you will see in these pages, we excel at maximizing our grant and operating funds to promote research, outreach and education.

Our scientists study what lies beneath the waves and what lies at the water’s edge. We are out in the field in coastal communities, educating residents on coping with climate change. The origins of Superstorm Sandy are less important than the lessons we learn from it. Our educators have eyes on the future, instilling a sense of awe into thousands of children who pass through our doors each year. Your scientists of tomorrow are our pupils today.

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Programs full, Wait lists formed for horseshoe crab walk and Boy Scout Oceanography

April 10th, 2015

The consortium’s popular Horseshoe Crab Twilight Beach Walk, scheduled for June 6 is full.  This is an annual one-day event held at Sandy Hook. You can register for the waiting list for this June event but we cannot guarantee openings.  Click here for more information.

The two NJSGC Boy Scout Individual Merit Badge courses — Environmental Science, and Oceanography— are also full.  Both courses will be offered again in early fall.  You can register for the waiting list at ; waiting list scouts will have registration priority in the next class.  More course information is available at this website page as well.

For questions about the programs or the waiting list, please email Scout Program Coordinator Jody Sackett, or call at 732-872-1300 x20.

Public comments sought for New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium Review

March 27th, 2015

New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium will be reviewed on May 13 and 14, 2015 by a team convened by the National Sea Grant College Program. The review will be conducted at the Consortium’s Sandy Hook Headquarters and will consider all aspects of NJSGC’s programs including management, stakeholder engagement and 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 NJSGC to

Kindly send your comments at your earliest convenience–the comment period will end on May 6, 2015. Please put “New Jersey Sea Grant site review” in the subject line.

Thank you for assisting us by letting the review team hear from you!

Resilience expert and extension agent hired

February 20th, 2015

FORT HANCOCK — Michael Schwebel has joined New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium and Monmouth University’s Urban Coast Institute as their community resilience and climate change adaptation specialist.  The position, created by the partners following Superstorm Sandy, aims to increase the resilience of New Jersey’s coastal communities to future storms, flooding and the impacts of climate change.

“I look forward to sharing innovative approaches and unique knowledge and expertise to help communities plan and become better prepared,” he said. Read More…

Flood risk open houses scheduled for flood maps

January 19th, 2015

The New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium and its partners — Monmouth University’s Urban Coast Institute, Stevens Institute of Technology and Leckner Consulting, along with FEMA, N.J. Department of Environmental Protection and several New Jersey county governments — will hold flood risk open houses. The meetings are the next step in the mapping process for the Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps.  The open house meetings will allow residents in their respective counties, who are in flood zones, to speak with representatives from FEMA, NJDEP, and their respective county officials about their risks, updated flood hazard maps, flood insurance, and flood risk mitigation.  To accommodate the residents of Bergen, Monmouth and Ocean counties, there will be an open house on two different days, at different venues. One meeting will be in the in the northern part of the county and one in the south, but residents can attend either event.

These are the meetings scheduled to date:

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Register now for our 2015 Horseshoe Crab Twilight Beach Walk

January 16th, 2015

The New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium’s 2015 Horseshoe Crab Twilight Walk will be held on June 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. (Raindate: June 7, 6 to 8 p.m.).  There will be a warm high tide and a full moon that evening making it the perfect time to see horseshoe crabs on Sandy Hook.

Your NJSGC guide will help you learn more about this amazing living fossil through hands-on exploration and other educational activities in the consortium’s laboratory classroom and along the shorelines of Sandy Hook.  This event is open to individuals as well as families.  To register, click here.

Contact Jody Sackett for more information at or at 732-872-1300 ext. 20.

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