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 http://943thepoint.com/, 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 http://njseagrant.org/ 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 JSackett@njseagrant.org 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.

NJSGC Needs Your Voice and Support!

May 25th, 2017

Dear Friends,

Please accept our sincerest appreciation for your support of Sea Grant and the New Jersey Sea Grant Consoritum. Earlier this spring, you reached out to your elected officials to tell them why Sea Grant is important to you and our state.  Your efforts resulted in Congress and the President signing off on a budget for FY 2017 that includes adequate funding for us and the entire Sea Grant Program. For the rest of this fiscal year, this funding will enable our program to work with you on important issues including stormwater management, increasing coastal resilience, supporting shore tourism, and providing STEM education for youth, all to benefit New Jersey’s coastal economy and communities.

The Administration has just released its FY 2018 budget blueprint.  It proposes the termination of the entire Sea Grant program.  Once again, we must repeat our request to you to reach out to your elected officials as soon as possible to reiterate your request that they let the House and Senate Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Subcommittees know of their strong support for Sea Grant, to reject the proposal to terminate the program in FY 2018, and instead fund the National Sea Grant College Program at $80 million.

When you write or call your elected representatives it is important to tell them why the program is important to you and our state’s environment and/or how our work has benefitted you personally.

To help you develop your message, we have included a template for possible use in composing your message.

To further assist you, this directory includes each of New Jersey’s elected officials, including email addresses for their aides. If you decide to write, please direct your letters to local offices (not DC).  If you decide to call or fax, it is best to call both the local and Washington D.C. offices.  If you decide to email, please write your message to your elected official but use the email address provided in the directory for his or her aide.

You can also locate your Senators and Representatives at https://callyourrep.co/ or text your home address to 520-200-2223 and you will receive a message containing the names and phone numbers of your representatives.

Thank you again for your ongoing support and effort.

State of the Shore Media Event 2017

May 25th, 2017

Earlier this week, the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium hosted its 15th annual State of the Shore media event overlooking the gorgeous surf in Long Branch, NJ. According to NJDEP Commissioner Bob Martin, public beaches throughout the Jersey Shore are in great condition and ready for the influx of summer visitors starting this Memorial Day Weekend.

After outlining the current status of several coastline restoration projects following the devastating effects of 2012’s Superstorm Sandy, Martin also noted that overall water quality is “excellent” and that the forecast for the 2017 season continues to look very promising.

Dr. Jon K. Miller – NJSGC’s Coastal Processes Specialist and a research associate professor at Stevens Institute of Technology – also presented his official State of the Shore Report with assistance from Mid-Atlantic Coastal Storms Graduate Research Fellow, Laura Lemke.

Thankfully, the Garden State only experienced two semi-major Nor’Easters (including Winter Storm Stella) that did cause some noticeable beach erosion. Dr. Miller’s keen focus on observed water levels and coastal wave heights during such storms helped construct the newly-developed Storm Erosion Index (SEI). Hopefully in the future, this index will assist shore communities in recognizing and therefore better preparing for incoming storms before they even reach the coast.

This yearly report remains an invaluable tool for those interested in the ever-changing conditions (whether good or bad) of NJ’s beloved shoreline, especially leading up to the fifth anniversary of Sandy. As the Commissioner enthusiastically sums it up – “Please come to the Jersey Shore; we have beautiful beaches and we want you here this summer.”

View the full State of the Shore report here.

We would like to thank all members of the press who attended and posted coverage of this event. We would also like to thank McLoone’s Pier House in Long Branch for hosting this year’s gathering. For more local coverage:


The Two River Times


NJ 101.5

Newspaper Media Group

FiOS1 News



For more information, please contact NJSGC’s Communications Specialist Danica Bellini at dbellini@njseagrant.org.

Ocean Fun Days 2017 Draws Thousands to Island Beach State Park and Sandy Hook

May 23rd, 2017

Celebrating its fourteenth year, Ocean Fun Days drew a crowd of thousands this past weekend (May 20-21), as attendees both young and old partook in hours of nonstop fun and interactive education.

Despite a slight chill in the air on Saturday at Island Beach State Park in Seaside Park (NJ), display tables were jam-packed with individuals eager to learn more about coastal stewardship and energy conservation, among several other exciting environmental subjects. The release of diamondback turtle hatchlings into their natural habitat (hosted by Project Terrapin and the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science), was a sight that couldn’t be missed, and will likely become a favorite OFD memory for years to come.

The sun evoked smiles and laughter at Sandy Hook on Sunday, where a few lucky participants were crowned “claw” winners during the popular fiddler crab races. NOAA scientists also offered a rare glimpse into what wonders take place at the James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory.

Over 50 exhibitors presented at this year’s event, including the American Littoral Society, Clean Ocean Action, NJDEP Division of Parks and Forestry, Rutgers Cooperative Extension/Water Resources Program, and the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. Other activities included seining, bird walks, beachcombing, and tours of Sandy Hook’s legendary Lighthouse and Fort Hancock Battery Gunnison.

Ocean Fun Days is presented by founding sponsor New Jersey Natural Gas, in partnership with New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, Asbury Park Press, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry, National Park Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

For more information on upcoming events, please contact NJSGC Communications Specialist Danica Bellini at dbellini@njseagrant.org.

‘State of the Shore’ Date & Location Change (UPDATE)

May 18th, 2017

NJSGC’s 15th annual State of the Shore media event will now be held on Wednesday, May 24th at McLoone’s Pier House in Long Branch, NJ. We ask all press to arrive between 10:30 – 11 a.m.

Original invite stated Thursday, May 25th at McLoone’s Asbury Park.


We apologize for the inconvenience, and still hope to see you all on May 24th!

For any further information or to confirm your attendance, please email NJSGC Communications Specialist Danica Bellini at dbellini@njseagrant.org.