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 www.njseagrant.org/education/scout-programs ; 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 oar.sg.feedback@noaa.gov.

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 jsackett@njseagrant.org or at 732-872-1300 ext. 20.

Summer course schedule posted

January 15th, 2015

The 2015 NJSGC summer course class schedule for Introduction to Marine Science and Marine Biology — both four-credit, 200-level laboratory courses — is set. A 400/500-level independent study and SCUBA are also available.

There are two sessions for Introduction to Marine Science, and they will be taught at Brookdale Community College’s Northern Monmouth County Higher Education Center in Hazlet.

There is one session for Marine Biology. It will be taught at Brookdale’s main campus in Lincroft.

Courses are recognized for direct credit by most of New Jersey’s colleges and universities.

More information about NJSGC’s summer college program can be found at: http://njseagrant.org/education/college-programs.

Reminder: Worksheets for Pumpout Operation and Maintenance Funding Requests Due Now

December 19th, 2014
The New Jersey Clean Vessel Act Program is now accepting applications from marinas with operational pumpout and dump station facilities for reimbursement of operation and maintenance expenses incurred during 2014.  The worksheet must be completed and returned with all the necessary supporting documents before January 15, 2015.  Funding is limited and reimbursement based on an availability of funds basis.  Therefore, marinas are encouraged to submit their worksheets and supporting documents as early as possible.
A copy of the worksheet can be downloaded by clicking here.

Please note that if you fail to provide all the documents needed to process your request for reimbursement prior to January 15, 2015 you will not be eligible for reimbursement of operation and maintenance expenses incurred during 2014.

If you would like more information or have questions please contact Michael Danko at 732.872.1300 ext. 29 or mdanko@njseagrant.org.

PSE&G grant allows ROV summer camp to continue to second year

December 2nd, 2014

JERSEY CITY — The Hudson County Schools of Technology Foundation and New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium were awarded a $14,552 grant from the PSE&G SPARK Foundation to to continue their underwater exploration summer camp, Aquatic Adventures — Science Enrichment Workshop, for High Technology Middle School Explore 2000 students

This is the second year that Public Service Electric & Gas’s SPARK Foundations has funded the summer camp, which focuses on the development and use of remotely operated vehichles, or ROVs, in deep-sea exploartion.

The program is designed to increase the consortium’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, or STEM, offerings while continuing to focus on ocean sciences, said Diana Burich, the consortium K-12 program coordinator.

Late last year, the foundation and the consortium were awarded $24,000 in grants from PSE&G and the PADI Foundation to bring underwater robotics programs to afterschool and out-of-school settings.

“We proposed to develop and implement a four-day summer camp program for students from High Technology Middle School’s Explore 2000, in Jersey City, and provide a professional development workshop for their teachers to perpetuate the underwater robotics program in Jersey City in the future,” Burich said. “All of the activities for camp were student-centered and hands-on, and encouraged the children’s natural sense of inquiry.”

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Outdoor education programs now have better than pre-Sandy attendance

November 20th, 2014

FORT HANCOCK –Outdoor New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium student programs have more than recovered after attendance dipped in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

Field trip and summer camp attendance increased to 19,700 students for the 2013-14 school year from 16,515 students during the 2012-13 school year, said Executive Director Claire Antonucci.

“We lost the fall season,” Antonucci said of the 2012 storm’s impact. “And then we had a slow start because people were hesitant to come back to Sandy Hook.” Read More …