2016 Fish and Wildlife marine recreational fishing regulation cards are in

May 25th, 2016

The 2016 Fish and Wildlife marine recreational fishing regulation cards are in. The cards are provided free of charge by New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The cards provide information on the correct minimum size, possession limits and season of catch. The laminated cards are convenient to bring on any fishing outing, complete with built-in ruler measure your catch and make sure they are above the minimum size. Cards are distributed to the public by New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium.

Fish are measured from tip of snout to tip of tail, with the exception of black sea bass and sharks. No species of fish with a minimum size limits listed on the card can be filleted or cleaned at sea.

The cards also serve as a reminder to register to fish. It is free and can be done at SaltwaterRegistry.nj.gov.

For more information on what catch is safe to eat, visit FishSmartEatSmartNJ.org.

Visit NJFishandWildlife.com or njseagrant.org for more resources.

Contact: Mike Danko, mdanko@njseagrant.org

Ocean Fun Days Return to Island Beach State Park and Sandy Hook for the Thirteenth Year

May 17th, 2016

View the Ocean Fun Days schedule schedule here.

Ocean Fun Days are here again! Enjoy two days of free family fun at this annual event focused on New Jersey’s coastal environment. On Saturday May 21 Ocean Fun Days takes place at Island Beach State Park in Seaside Park, N.J. and on May 22 the event will be held on Sandy Hook at New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium’s headquarters in the historic Fort Hancock section of the park.  Both days are rain or shine from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and admission and parking are free.

Bring the entire family for a day of coastal crafts, touch tanks, energy conservation exhibits, energy scavenger hunts, eco tours, youth fishing clinics, face painting, giveaways and our famous fiddler crab races. On Sunday, there will also be an open house of the NOAA Marine Lab at Sandy Hook and tours of Fort Hancock’s historic sites.

Be sure to enter the free drawing for a chance to win a Jenkinson’s Family of Five Fun pack. This prize includes passes to the beach, amusements and mini golf, plus admission to Jenkinson’s  Aquarium in Point Pleasant Beach.

New for this year is the “Picture-This, Caption That!” challenge. Students in grades 3-5 and 6-8 created photos with captions depicting how they conserve energy and help preserve our natural resources. At Ocean Fun Days, visitors will be able to cast their vote to select two winners who will receive guided field trips for their entire class to either Island Beach State Park or Sandy Hook.

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 and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

“Each year we look forward to partnering with New Jersey Natural Gas and all our partners and exhibitors to offer this free event to the public. Everyone involved is truly committed to our state’s incredible shoreline and shares in our goal to educate the public about its sustainable use and care,” notes Claire Antonucci, executive director of New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium.

Visit njseagrant.org/education/special-events/ocean-fun-days.

New Jersey Sea Grant Among Hosts of Ocean Frontiers II Screening and Panel Discussion in LBI

May 6th, 2016

Please join us on May 19th for a special screening of Ocean Frontiers II at Maris Stella Retreat and Conference Center in Harvey Cedars, N.J., followed by a Q&A with a panel of local and regional experts on ocean stewardship and the Mid-Atlantic’s first-ever regional ocean plan! In a region steeped in old maritime tradition, the film tells the story of a modern wave of big ships, offshore wind energy and a changing climate, and how people are coming together to plan for a healthy ocean off their coast.

Ocean Frontiers II Film Screening and Panel Discussion

When:Thursday, May 19, 2016; Reception: 6:30 p.m.; Film and Discussion: 7:00-8:45 p.m.

Where: Maris Stella Retreat and Conference Center,
7201 Long Beach Boulevard,
Harvey Cedars, NJ 08008-3135

Free admission & refreshments
Event details & RSVPhttp://bit.ly/HarveyCedarsLBI

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New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium Awards Two Young Scientists at Monmouth Junior Science Symposium

May 5th, 2016

New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium presented awards to two students at the 54th Annual Monmouth Junior Science Symposium. The symposium took place March 17 and 18 at Monmouth University with the goal to promote research and experimentation in the sciences, engineering and mathematics at the high school level. Another important component is to recognize these students for outstanding achievement.

“I was highly  impressed with the caliber of research and the motivation of these young scientists,” notes Claire Antonucci, executive director of New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium.  It was an honor to recognize their hard work with these two awards.”

Claire Antonucci with winner of MJSS      Claire Antonucci with winner of MJSS

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New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium Announces Latest Round of Sea Grant-Funded Research Projects

May 3rd, 2016

New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium has announced its latest round of Sea Grant-funded research projects. Projects were selected from dozens of proposals received in response to a request for proposals (RFP) issued by NJSGC in December 2014.

The RFP specified research priorities that were determined through a collaborative process that received input from stakeholders, NJSGC’s advisory boards and partners, and the public. The final projects were selected based on relevancy and scientific rigor using a competitive, peer-reviewed process. As a result, funded projects 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 from communicating about flood risk to new species development for New Jersey’s shellfish farmers.

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.  NJSGC’s next research RFP will be issued in December 2016.

Descriptions of each project can be found at njseagrant.org/research/research-projects.

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NJSGC-Supported Study on Sea Level Rise Gains Media Attention

May 3rd, 2016

This originally appeared in the Spring edition of New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium’s newsletter, Coastodian.

Dr. Robert Kopp’s NJSGC-funded project, Development of Historically-Calibrated Sea Level Rise Projections for Risk Management Along the New Jersey Shore, found that sea level is rising at a faster rate than any time in the last 3,000 years. The findings were published in the journalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Kopp, the lead author, is a professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Rutgers University. The study was covered by the The New York Times, Associated Press, NPRRutgers Today and many other outlets.

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New Jersey Sea Grant Among Hosts of Ocean Frontiers II Screening and Panel Discussion

April 7th, 2016
Please join us on May 2 for a special screening of Ocean Frontiers II at the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library, followed by a Q & A with a panel of local and regional experts on ocean stewardship and the Mid-Atlantic’s first-ever regional ocean plan! In a region steeped in old maritime tradition, the film tells the story of a modern wave of big ships, offshore wind energy and a changing climate, and how people are coming together to plan for a healthy ocean off their coast.

 

When: Monday, May 2, 2016; Reception: 6:00pm; Film and Discussion: 6:308:30pm
Where: Toms River Branch, Ocean County Library, 101 Washington Street, Toms River, NJ 08753
Free admission & refreshments
Event details & RSVP: http://bit.ly/RSVP-TomsRiver

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NOAA Office for Coastal Management Accepting Applications for Digital Coast Fellowship

March 21st, 2016

The NOAA Office for Coastal Management is accepting applications for the Digital Coast Fellowship. Three fellowship opportunities will be available in 2016. This two-year opportunity starts in August 2016, and offers a competitive salary, medical benefits, and travel and relocation expense reimbursement.

This program’s mission, modeled after the Coastal Management fellowship, is to provide on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students and to provide project assistance to Digital Coast Partnership organizations.

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Horseshoe Crab Twilight Beach Walk Date Set

March 11th, 2016
horseshoe crab

Photo by Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region.

Our annual twilight walk of discovery at Horseshoe Cove on Sandy Hook will be held again in 2016.  There are two available sessions: Friday, June 17th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm; and Saturday, June 18th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.  With a warm high tide, and a full moon, it’s the perfect time to see horseshoe crabs on the beach. We 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.

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