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Congressman Pallone Presents Stew Tweed Fisheries Scholarships and Receives Special Recognition Award at 10th Annual Ocean Fun Days Event

(Sandy Hook, NJ) — The New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium (NJSGC) has announced and awarded the sixth pair of its Stew Tweed Fisheries and Aquaculture Scholarships, established in 2008 in memory of Stew Tweed, a 27-year veteran of the New Jersey Sea Grant Marine Extension Service, who passed away in early 2007. The scholarship checks were presented by Congressman Frank Pallone (D-6th District) during a special ceremony during Ocean Fun Days at the NJSGC’s headquarters at Sandy Hook on Sunday, June 9th, 2013.  Also on hand for the presentation were Stew’s wife Gail and granddaughter Katie Pantelione.

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Ocean Fun Days Celebrates Ten Years of Coastal Education Outreach: Family Oriented Event Expecting Record Crowds for 2013

(Sandy Hook, NJ) — Ocean Fun Days will offer two days of free, family-oriented activities with an environmental and educational focus at Island Beach State Park on Saturday June 8th and Sandy Hook on Sunday June 9th.  For the tenth consecutive year, this popular pre-summer event will feature eco-friendly hands-on programs and special activities that help explore and celebrate the wonders of the Jersey Shore.  Drag a seine net, go on a guided beach hike, learn about seaside birds and much more at Ocean Fun Days. Both Ocean Fun Day locations were hard hit by Hurricane Sandy but have been restored and recently reopened to the public.  As a result, event organizers are expecting record crowds this year.

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Ocean Fun Days Science Fair to Focus on Superstorm Sandy

(Sandy Hook, NJ) — Superstorm Sandy is the theme for this year’s Ocean Fun Days  Science Fair scheduled for June 8th at Island Beach State Park and Sandy Hook on June 9th.  The competition, open to 3rd through 6th grade students from Monmouth and Ocean Counties has become one of the most popular components of Ocean Fun Days, a family oriented, educational celebration that features exhibits, classes, nature tours, and children’s activities all about New Jersey’s coastal environment. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Ocean Fun Days, a cooperative project of founding partner New Jersey Natural Gas, the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, the NJDEP, the NJ Division of Parks and Forestry and NOAA.

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Ocean County Pumpout Boat Program Celebrates 20th Anniversary

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.

Support the Consortium

The New Year is just around the corner. Can we count on you to support our mission to care for New Jersey’s marine and coastal environment?


In 2019-2020, contributions from donors like you allowed us to:

  • Continue supporting marine, coastal, and social science research to help further promote and enhance healthy coastal ecosystems, sustainable fisheries/aquaculture, resilience communities/economies, and environmental literacy/workforce development throughout the Garden State.
  • Provide direct instruction to nearly 20,000 schoolchildren from over 30 different legislative districts throughout NJ on a broad range of environmental topics through our diverse, interactive education programs.
  • Host major public outreach events, including: Ocean Fun DaysState of the Shore, NJSGC’s annual Favorite Beaches poll/ceremony, and our revamped “Jersey Shore” photo contest.
  • Disperse nearly 65,000 NJ Fish and Wildlife marine recreational fishing regulation cards to and posters to over 260 marinas throughout the State, from over 24 different legislative districts. Of these, more than 100 have operating pumpout stations (including nine pumpout boats) thanks to NJSGC’s involvement with the New Jersey Clean Vessel Act Program.
  • Accept four graduate students from prestigious institutions throughout NJ into the highly-competitive John A. Knauss Marine Policy fellowship program.

And while combating the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium continues developing several outstanding programs and projects, including:

  • Virtual education initiatives appropriate for grades K-12. Taught by experienced environmental education staff, these lively presentations, demonstrations, experiments, and games encourage student interaction on topics designed to excite while meeting educator’s curricular needs, scout leader’s requirements, and/or families’ interests.
  • A new COVID-19 rapid response opportunity (led by NJSGC’s Aquaculture Program Coordinator Lisa Calvo) that helps support oyster farmers, promote habitat restoration, and advocate local seafood sales.
  • For the first time in 17 years, NJSGC and its partners hosted a virtual Ocean Fun Days event. Online video presentations, teacher/parent resources, and other printout activities from over 25 exhibitors provided eco-friendly fun focused on ocean discovery, coastal stewardship, and energy conservation.
  • In partnership with New York Sea Grant, NJSGC created a BEach SAFEly campaign to remind beachgoers to stay safe while still having fun at the Jersey Shore (and beyond).
  • And more to come in 2021!

Despite such trying times, we hope you choose to help so that we can continue our mission to promote the wise use of New Jersey’s marine and coastal resources through research, education, and outreach. To make a year-end, tax-deductible contribution to NJSGC for 2020, please click HERE.

If you prefer to mail your gift, kindly address your contribution to:

New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium
22 Magruder Road
Fort Hancock, NJ 07732

NJSGC’s ‘COASTodian’ Newsletter Now Available (Spring 2020)

What you need to know heading into the Summer Season with NJSGC… view the latest edition of the “COASTodian” here.


Favorite Beaches survey
State of the Shore update
Jersey Shore photo contest
Virtual “Sharks vs. Rip Currents”
Ocean Fun Days update
Knauss Fellow diaries
Seabeach Amaranth feature
Jersey Shore Junior Science Symposium follow-up
#SeaCreaturesInYourNeighborhood campaign

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COASTodian Newsletter, Winter 2019 Edition

It’s time to “chill out” and catch up with New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium! We hope that everyone enjoyed a wonderful holiday season, but now let’s get ready to “spring forward.” Check out some highlights from this edition of the COASTodian:

  • NJSGC revamped its rip current awareness program, and we’re currently looking for more student participation. Learn how to get your local school or library involved.
  • The 16th annual Ocean Fun Days takes place May 18-19th, so be sure to join our official Facebook event page for special highlights and updates.
  • Former NJSGC fellow Dr. Christopher Free was recently featured in a New York Times article… continue reading to find out why!
  • Interested in a job where you get to explore Sandy Hook while teaching children about marine science?  NJSGC’s hiring part-time field instructors, with no experience necessary!
Barracks building 22 restored // Executive Director Claire Antonucci cuts the ribbon for NJSGC’s grand opening at Fort Hancock in Sandy Hook, NJ on July 12th, 2010.
From left: Dr. Howard Parish (NJSGC Board of Trustees), Pete McCarthy (Unit Coordinator; NPS), Sean T. Kean (former State Senator; 2008-2012), Claire Antonucci (NJSGC Executive Director), Guy Hembling (Charles B. Hembling and Son, construction firm), Deborah Quinn (NJSGC Office Manager) Credit: Marsha Samuel (former NJSGC Communications Specialist)

Plus so much more! And as always, be sure to check out what’s new and get involved by tagging us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

The COASTodian, “Spring Fever” Newsletter Edition

Students skipping through the hallways, birds chirping amongst the trees, seining nets sprawled out to dry on the front porch… It’s finally springtime at New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium!

This pre-summer edition of the COASTodian includes…

  • Ocean Fun Days 15th anniversary recap
  • Press coverage from the 2018 State of the Shore
  • Rip Current Awareness information and updates
  • NJ’s “Favorite Beaches” radio debut
  • And much, much more!

View NJSGC’s “spring fever” newsletter here.

The beaches at Sandy Hook Gateway National Park are now open for the season. New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium’s headquarters, located at Fort Hancock, welcomes visitors Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. If you need a break from the sun, please stop in!

From the 2017 Annual Report: Chairman Dennis Kearney’s Message

Read NJ Sea Grant’s 2017 Annual Report


This one word synthesizes our essence. The dictionary states that energy is the strength and vitality required for sustained physical and mental activity. For the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, energy turns the idea of who we are into the reality of who we are. The idea, as expressed in our mission statement, is to promote the wise use of New Jersey’s marine and coastal resources through research, education and outreach. ambitious? Yes. Challenging? Yes. achievable? You bet.

Without energy, our mission is no more than an empty proclamation about humankind’s relationship with the sea. With energy, our dreams become tangible. The astounding energy of our scientists unravels the hidden power of dunes, explores the mystery of climate change on summer flounder, and discovers how to optimize fishing regulations. the boundless energy of our education staff opens the minds of 20,000 school children, nurtures college students to take up a career in marine science, and sponsors Ocean Fun Days that unite a State. The focused energy of our extension staff works with communities on addressing coastal concerns, commercial fisheries, and water quality. All of our energy is for you. As we’ve mentioned so many times in these pages, Superstorm Sandy was a stark call from Mother Nature to pay her some mind. others can debate why our world is changing; our role is figuring out how to cope with the new order. All of us reside in a coastal environment. For this reason, the work we do benefits all.

Let our energy inspire you toward action. Read about the changed landscape. Learn. Talk to your family, your neighbors. Celebrate our maritime heritage. Make a field trip to our headquarters on Sandy Hook. our staff will truly move you. Once you are moved to action, join our crusade. We are here fighting for your present, and assuring a safe, healthy and energized future.

On behalf of the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, its members, its stakeholders, its trustees, and our valued staff, I am honored to present this annual report.

NJSGC’s Summer 2017 Edition of the ‘COASTodian’ Newsletter Now Available!

What’s going on!? Click here to find out more!

Things are definitely heating up at New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium this summer! While most New Jerseyans enjoy lazy, carefree days spent at the Garden State’s vast array of gorgeous beaches, NJSGC’s staff is working hard to advance knowledge and appreciation of New Jersey’s shorelines.

From Ocean Fun Days to our biennial research competition and ongoing rip current awareness campaign, NJSGC strives to inform the public about coastal and environmental concerns in new and exciting ways.

Communicating climate sciences, learning more about the origins of striped bass, and engaging youth in summer camp experiences are just some of the interesting topics covered in this edition of our quarterly newsletter. You’ll also find out which popular shore town snagged top honors in NJSGC’s annual “Favorite Beaches” poll!

Topics covered in the latest edition of the ‘COASTodian’ include:

Where Are They Now? Meet Our Brilliant Staff!
NJ’s Favorite Beaches 2017 Announcement
State of the Shore Report
Ocean Fun Days (recap)
Rip Current Awareness
National Network for Climate and Ocean Change Interpretation
Marine Summer Day Camp
FY 2018 Budget (update)
NJSGC Broadcasting Live from Asbury Pary Boardwalk (94.3 ‘The Point’)
Summer College Course Opportunities
Striped Bass Fishery Project (update)
Ocean County Pumpout Program Celebrates 20th Anniversary
Share your #NJSGC memories

Plus much more! Download your copy today.

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