Ocean City wins New Jersey’s Favorite Beaches Contest

July 8th, 2022

The Favorite Beaches awards ceremony was held at the beautiful Ocean City Music Pier on July 8th. After thousands of votes, the results are in….

Overall First Place: Ocean City
Runner up: The Wildwoods
Monmouth County First Place: Asbury Park
Runner up: Spring Lake
Ocean County First Place: Seaside Heights
Runner up: Point Pleasant Beach
Atlantic County First Place: Brigantine
Runner up: Margate
Cape May County First Place: Ocean City
Runner up: The Wildwoods


The annual public poll began in 2008 to encourage stewardship and pride for the Garden State’s beautiful beaches.  Thank you to all who voted and hope you vote again next year! Be sure to visit all of the beautiful beaches our state has to offer.



CBS Philly: Ocean City Named New Jersey’s Favorite Beach Town For 9th Straight Year In 2022 Poll

OCNJ Daily: Ocean City Tops Statewide Poll for Favorite Beach 

WPG Talk Radio 95.5 FM 1450 AM: Locals Say This City Has NJ’s Favorite Beach for the 9th Straight Consecutive Year 


Reminiscing about Ocean Fun Days

June 28th, 2022
It’s officially been over a month since our 19th annual Ocean Fun Days! Check out this video showcasing snapshots of all the activities and excitement that took place at Island Beach State Park and Gateway National Recreation Area Sandy Hook Unit on May 21 and 22!

If you couldn’t make the Ocean Fun Days Event, head to oceanfundays.org to watch informational videos and access handouts of various fun activities.

The ‘COASTodian’ Newsletter – Spring 2022 Edition

June 20th, 2022

Spring is almost over, but fear not… you can relive it by checking out our Spring 2022 ‘COASTodian’ newsletter. Read all about what we’ve been up to during this season! New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium’s ‘COASTodian’ newsletter (Spring 2022) is now available online here or by scanning the code below.

Highlights include:

And much more!

NJSGC to Host Professional Development Workshop for Teachers

June 15th, 2022

Building Confidence in Teaching Climate Science in Elementary Classrooms

Are you a K-6th grade educator interested in increasing your confidence in teaching students about climate change? Join New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium this summer to learn more about climate science and effective ways to teach climate change in this one-day workshop at New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium’s headquarters in Gateway National Recreation Area on Sandy Hook.


Discover ways to effectively communicate the science of climate change and its impacts, all while empowering and giving hope to elementary school students. Enhance your curriculum with new activities and learn how to frame discussions on this sometimes difficult topic. Don’t fret over, but learn how to incorporate New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS) for Climate Change Education into lessons you may already be teaching. Earn continuing education credits, too!

Learn to employ successful strategies to help students understand the complex subject of climate change, inspire their curiosity, and motivate them to work towards solutions for the climate-related environmental challenges that they may face in the future. All K-6th grade teachers are welcome to this workshop.

When: Wednesday, August 17, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.

Where: New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium 22 Magruder Road Fort Hancock (Highlands), NJ 07732

Fee: $25 per person, includes lunch

To learn more please visit njseagrant.org. For questions about the workshop or registration contact dburich@njseagrant.org.

Presenting the 2022 Jersey Shore Photo Contest Finalists! 

June 13th, 2022

NJSGC’s Jersey Shore photo contest featuring all of our state’s beauty, has closed. Of the 78 photos entered, 28 finalists were selected. Thanks to all the amazing photographers who entered. Selecting the top 28 was not easy.

Now it’s time to vote for the 12 that will create our 2023 desktop calendars.


or copy https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/votephotocontest2022 and paste it into your browser

Presenting the 2022 Jersey Shore Photo Contest Finalists! 


NJSGC Favorite Beaches Poll is LIVE for 2022!

June 7th, 2022

The sun is out, the shades are on, and the smell of sunscreen and BBQs is in the air…which can mean only one thing: It’s finally time to cast your vote for New Jersey’s favorite beach!


The fate of our beaches is in your hands.  Choose your favorite local “hotspots” from a list of amazing beaches throughout the Jersey Shore’s four coastal counties – Atlantic, Cape May, Monmouth, and Ocean. New Jersey Sea Grant (NJSGC) will announce the winners around the July Fourth holiday. Click here to vote: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/favoritebeach2022!

An overall victor is still announced, with Ocean City remaining undefeated champ over the past several years. But will that impressive winning streak end in 2022? Asbury Park has definitely proved a fierce competitor over the past couple years… You decide! Read more from our friend, Nicole Murray from 94.3 “The Point.” She’s not biased about her favorite beach, whatsoever!

Debuting in 2008 as New Jersey’s “Top Ten Beaches,” the survey was initially designed to encourage friendly competition and camaraderie amongst popular Jersey Shore communities along the coast. Following Hurricane Sandy, the contest was rebranded “Favorite Beaches” to diversify results so that ALL areas of the Garden State’s gorgeous oceanfront are recognized, inspiring a refreshing sense of unity and support.

Be sure to share NJSGC’s highly-anticipated “Favorite Beaches” poll with family and friends, and stay tuned for the official results later this summer.

Connect with New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter for more updates. Thank you for your continued support!

Media Updates:



Vote Now to Crown the Best Beaches in New Jersey

The Sun and Crowds Came Out for Ocean Fun Days 2022

May 27th, 2022

The warm weather and sunshine was not the only thing New Jerseyans were excited about last weekend, as the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium (NJSGC), in partnership with New Jersey Natural Gas, hosted Ocean Fun Days. On May 21 and 22, children (and children at heart) flocked to Island Beach State Park and Gateway National Recreation Area at Sandy Hook Unit to learn about our ocean, environmental science, and energy conservation. 

The 19th annual Ocean Fun Days was back in person after two years of virtual programming. Smiles were contagious during fun events like crab races, seining for marine life, the energy scavenger hunt, guided walking tours, and other enjoyable ways to learn about our coastal environment and ways to protect it. For those unable to attend in person, NJSGC created OceanFunDays.org complete with videos, handouts, activities, and other parent and teacher resources for kids. 

NJSGC Executive Director Dr. Pete Rowe reflects on the day, “New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium was as excited as our attendees to have Ocean Fun Days back in person. I am so proud of our incredible staff and partners for pivoting to virtual programming for the past two years. The sunny summer-like weather made this year’s event even more special. We (staff and attendees) all had big smiles and soaring spirits.”

NJSGC Executive Director Dr. Pete Rowe educates excited attendees about fiddler crabs.

Rosemary Higgins, College & Special Programs Coordinator at NJSGC, who has been coordinating Ocean Fun Days since its humble beginnings in 2003 couldn’t help but exclaim her excitement on this year’s success: “This event is the product of hard work and team collaboration. Our sponsors, along with the over 50 exhibitors at both locations, came together to make this event in its 19th year a big success. The willingness to share knowledge of marine and coastal topics and energy conservation with the public creates a unique free event fun for the whole family just in time for summer. I can’t wait for our big 20th annual Ocean Fun Days next year!”

Rosemary Higgins, College & Special Programs Coordinator at NJSGC teaches girl about seashell morphology. 

“We had a fantastic turnout, and it was great to see so many friends, colleagues and visitors come out to support this event.  The organizations that participated shared so many creative activities for people to learn about ocean sciences, and we hope that visitors left with increased understanding and a sense of caring for marine and coastal environments.” Says Diana Burich, Director of Education at NJSGC.

NJSGC Director of Education Diana Burich (right) poses with participant to show off arms painted with seahorses and starfish.

New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium appreciates all the enthusiasm and bright smiles all our attendees brought with them for Ocean Fun Days. Ocean Fun Days 2022 was one for the books! Did YOU attend Ocean Fun Days this year? If so, they’d love to hear your thoughts! If interested, please take part in the 2022 Ocean Fun Days Survey. NJSGC would like to thank all our sponsors and partners for working together to make this event such a great success. “Sea” you next year! 

The 20th Annual State of the Shore Report

May 26th, 2022

As the days grow longer and sun shines brighter, New Jerseyans once again emerge from their annual winter slumbers to trade in their boots for flip flops and head to the coast. Leaving the dark cold days of winter behind, beachgoers look forward to another season of fun on the Jersey shore.

This summer is projected to be both hotter and wetter than usual due to weak La Niña conditions. This year’s State of the Shore Report will further explain and expand upon the causes of these conditions and more, but the bottom line is: pack an umbrella with your sunscreen and sunnies. Read more in this year’s State of the Shore.

NJSGC invites media and tourism representatives to learn more about the ever-changing conditions of our shoreline from a group of local scientists and environmental managers. Like past years we hosted the State of the Shore press event at Tim McLoone’s Supper Club located on the iconic Asbury Park boardwalk, with guest speakers including NJSGC Coastal Processes Specialist Dr. Jon Miller and NJDEP Commissioner Shawn LaTourette.

From left to right: NJSGC Coastal Processes Specialists Dr. Jon Miller, NJDEP Commissioner Shawn LaTourette, NJSGC Coastal Resilience Specialist Laura Kerr, and NJSGC Executive Director Dr. Peter Rowe.

Dr. Jon K. Miller (NJSGC/Stevens Institute of Technology) delivered a promising report at this year’s State of the Shore media event, announcing that NJ beaches are in prime condition heading into the Memorial Day Weekend (and more!). However, Dr. Miller warns of a busy hurricane season and the need for preparedness with climate change and sea level rise.

STATE OF THE SHORE (press coverage):

NJDEP: Commissioner Visits Jersey Shore and North Jersey Lake Communities in Unofficial Start to Summer Season Ahead of Memorial Day Weekend

94.3 the Point: NJ beaches in good shape, but one storm could change everything

Asbury Park Press: Jersey Shore residents urged to prepare for active hurricane season this summer

ABC7: NJ officials declare Jersey Shore, lakeshores ready for summer 

New Jersey 101.5: NJ beaches in good shape, but one storm could change everything


Jersey Shore Photo Contest 2022 Is Finally Here!

May 25th, 2022

New Jersey boasts some of the most picturesque beaches along the East Coast.  If you have a great shot that celebrates and embraces the natural elements of the Garden State’s beautiful coastline, submit the image to NJSGC’s revamped “Favorite Beaches of the Jersey Shore” photo contest! Ultimately, the top twelve photos will be used to create New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium’s annual desktop calendar for 2022.

About the Contest:

New Jersey Sea Grant’s graphic design team will select 24 photos from all entries received up until Wednesday, June 8th (5 pm EST).  Those finalists will then be posted on the NJSGC website where visitors can vote for their favorite throughout the month leading up to the July Fourth holiday.

New Jersey’s “Favorite Beaches” Photo Contest Submission Guidelines:

(If your submission does not meet the following guidelines, it will not be considered)

  • Only one (1) photo submission per person.
  • Entries should be submitted as an attachment via email to PhotoContest@NJSeaGrant.org.
  • The email entry should include: name, email, photo location, and image title.
  • Stick to the contest theme: Natural Elements of New Jersey Beaches. We welcome both traditional and innovative approaches to this subject, but please no family portraits.
  • Photo files must be .JPG or .PNG format and a minimum of 300 DPI saved at a quality setting of “10” or higher and 8 ½” for the longest side.
  • Images should be horizontal (landscape).
  • Entries will be accepted until 5 pm (EST) on June 8th, 2022 on World Ocean Day.
  • Submit only your own original work.
  • Photos should be appropriate for a general audience. Explicit content is expressly prohibited.
  • Post-processing and digital manipulation is not allowed, but minor adjustments to contrast, filtration, subtle burning, and dodging are acceptable.
  • All entries become the property of NJSGC and may be used by the organization for other educational or marketing materials (the twelve finalists will receive an additional waiver for signature prior to publication of the calendar).
  • Do not include any logos or text on the photo.
  • By submitting your photo to this contest, you grant NJSGC permission to publicly display, reproduce, and use the photographs in all manner and media for any and all purposes, including related promotional purposes, in perpetuity. You also warrant that the photo is your original work and does not violate the copyright or any other personal or property right of any third party, and that you may be required to and can obtain any and all releases and permissions necessary for its use in the production of our calendar, including releases for any recognizable faces, unless they are incidental to a larger scene (e.g., a group of sunbathers on the beach).

Winners will be announced prior to the July Fourth holiday. These images will be used to create the 2023 NJSGC downloadable desktop calendar (https://njseagrant.org/desktop-calendars/), which will also feature useful coastal facts and information to help locals and visitors learn more about and appreciate the Jersey Shore.

To view last year’s winners, please click here.

Stevens Students Develop Coastal FloodHub to Help Track Coastal Flooding

May 23rd, 2022
On Friday, May 6, 2022, a team of Stevens Institute of Technology Computer Science students presented their Senior Design Project Coastal FloodHub at Stevens’ Annual Innovation Expo. Coastal FloodHub is a mobile app that will inform users in the New York and New Jersey region of tidal and storm flooding hazards. The app will also serve to further community science data collection and research while also assisting the user and their community for flood resilience needs.  
Stevens Institute of Technology Computer Science Students Present Senior Design Project "Coastal FloodHub"

Stevens Institute of Technology Computer Science Students (Left to Right) Patrick Juliano, Brian Wormser, Kyle Henderson, Eric Stazzone, Kai Engwall, and Michael Karsen.

In the past, Stevens had produced the highly-regarded peer-reviewed Stevens Flood Advisory System (SFAS), a desktop optimized visualization website that produces email notifications of forecasted flooding throughout the New York/New Jersey region.  However, it was regarded as too complicated by some users. The new Coastal FloodHub simplifies the forecast data and warnings into a more accessible format designed for your phone making these forecasts accessible for quick decision making.  

Coastal FloodHub applications don’t stop there. Users can use the app to send in their own reports of flooding to various organizations collecting community science flood data. Alternatively, it can simply be used for keeping individual records of flooding in particular areas.  

NJSGC Coastal Resilience Specialist, Laura Kerr, recruited an advisory team from Stevens Institute of Technology and New York and New Jersey Sea Grants to advise the student on the app applications, while the students developed the product for the advisory team.  Now that their project is complete, the Senior Design Team is currently working on getting the app pushed up to the Apple App and Google Play stores.  Soon, volunteers from coastal communities will be needed to use the app and provide feedback for version 2.0.