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The Jersey Shoreline: Aug. 31

Mr. Andresen’s 40-foot boat, known as El Jefe, right. Credit Sally Stopper. Source: The New York Times

The New York Times sent a reporter to Belford Seafoof Co-op in Middletown in the wake of Capt. Tom Anderson’s death. The writer presents a small glimpse into the Anderson’s life, who came to commercial fishing only after he retired, and the commercial fishing port, which is a small tight-knit community.

Last week, one forecasting model predicted a New Jersey strike, but meteorologists interviewed by were largely unconcerned. On Aug. 29, Erika dissipated over Eastern Cuba, according to a report on

One of the biggest digs at New Jersey is there is a cost to walk. Officials in Seaside Heights planned to charge for beach access after Labor Day, which is against custom in most locations. But they’ve reversed that decision, according to Lifeguards will remain on duty in a limited capacity through September. Read More …

The Jersey Shoreline: Aug. 17 & 24

Boats head out of Manasquan Inlet last year for a day of fishing. Photo: John Oswald/For the Asbury Park Press

Boats head out of Manasquan Inlet last year for a day of fishing. Photo: John Oswald/For the Asbury Park Press

Right now, meteorologists are tracking Hurricane Erika. One model out of Canada does show that the storm could hit New Jersey, according to an report. But, what’s more likely is the strom will make landfall somewhere between Florida and South Carolina. The storm will probably careen into the East Coast sometime late into the Labor Day weekend. Beyond that, the forecasts are just too unreliable because landfall in the United States is too far out in time.

“Is the Canadian model’s solution impossible,” asked. “No. But should New Jersey panic? Hardly.”

“It’s not like you’re going to wake up tomorrow and realize you have 48 hours to react to something,” Gary Szatkowski, meteorologist-in-charge at the National Weather Service’s Mount Holly office, told “We’re in the heart of hurricane season — there’s nothing abnormal about this.”

NJSGC in the News

Dr. Jon Miller, the NJSGC coastal process specialist based at Stevens Institute of Technology, Dr. Amy Williams, a post-doctoral researcher working with Miller, and Dr. Peter Rowe, the consortium’s director of research and extension, spoke about storm surge and the Coastal Storm Awarness Program in Long Branch.  The outreach program designed to help people living on the Jersey Shore understand the intricacies of storm surges was covered by the Asbury Park Press and the Atlanticville.

The three marine scientists, and others, made a second presentation in Cape May last weekend about surge and Dune It Right, the consortium’s manual for dune restoration projects. A final presentation about surge and dunes will be held Sept. 23 at the Ocean County Library on Long Beach Island.

The Marine Trades Association is sponsoring the annual Jersey Shore Boat Sale & Expo at First Energy Park in Lakewood. NJSGC is sponsoring the Kids Zone on Saturday and Sunday. Read a preview of the event scheduled for September 18-20 at, or at Trade Only Today. More information about the boat show can be found at Read More …

The Jersey Shoreline: Week of Aug. 14



This is a round-up of the week’s marine science and marine recreation news throughout the state from Aug. 8 to Aug. 14.

The biggest news this week was a mysterious, circular brown plume that appeared in Barnegat Bay, and the death of a dolphin that strayed into the fresh waters of the South River.

New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium provides funding to Rutgers University Water Resources Program at Cook College. Michelle Hartman, the consortium’s water resources expert based there, can provide insight for stories such as the brown plume in Barnegat Bay. And the consortium’s Director of Research & Extension, Dr. Peter Rowe, is a good source on stories like the death of the dolphin.

Reporters interested in speaking with a New Jersey Sea Grant Expert can email consortium’s communications office at 732-872-1300 x.18, email communications specialist Matthew McGrath or search the consortium’s experiste database.

Finally, an interveiw that Dr. Jon Miller, the consortium’s coastal process specialist, gave to CBS Radio late last week about rip currents was picked up by several media outlets Friday and Saturday.

Now, to the round-up:

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Rain Barrel Art Project To Appear at Shore Festivals and Events

In conjunction with this year’s Top Ten Beaches Survey, a unique and educational tie-in was launched: the Rain Barrel Art Project. In an effort to create public awareness around the use of rain barrels and the ways in which they help conserve water, we selected twelve New Jersey artists to paint a barrel with an iconic Jersey Shore scene. The result was a beautiful, creative, and stunning display. View the rain barrels here.  Now we’re rolling them out at shore area events and festivals.

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Don’t Forget To Share Your Shore Memories and Cast Your Vote: Time is Running Out to Help Create NJ Top Ten Beaches Calendar

(Sandy Hook, NJ) — Sentimental beach lovers have until April 28th, to cast their photo votes and share their favorite Jersey Shore memories at  The creators of the popular NJ Top Ten Beaches annual survey and tourism leaders from Sandy Hook to Cape May have teamed up to focus on a different angle for this year’s project by asking visitors to the web site to vote for a favorite photo and share a favorite shore memory that will help create a special limited-edition Making More Shore Memories calendar.

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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

Read more here.

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!

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.

Learn more about all the exciting things happening at NJSGC everyday by following us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, or visit for any further updates.

Voting for New Jersey’s Favorite Beach is Now OPEN for 2017!

Summer’s right around the corner, which means it’s time to cast your vote for New Jersey’s favorite beach! Pick your top choices NOW before the poll closes on June 9th, 2017!

This year, fans get to choose their favorite local “hotspots” from a list of several popular beaches throughout four coastal counties – Atlantic, Cape May, Monmouth, and Ocean. NJSGC will still announce the “overall favorite” beach later this summer.

In 2008, the New Jersey’s Top Ten Beaches survey was created to encourage stewardship and pride in the state’s beaches while promoting a little healthy (and friendly) competition between New Jersey’s beloved beach towns. We invite you to join us in celebrating everything there is to love about the Jersey Shore! The contest has become a highlight of the Garden State’s summer festivities.


During the spring and early summer, Jersey Shore enthusiasts are invited to cast a vote for their favorite beach communities throughout four different counties.

The results of the survey were historically announced each year just before Memorial Day Weekend at the NJSGC’s State of the Shore Media Event, a premier gathering of coastal experts and state officials. In 2015, winners were instead revealed just before Independence Day, to encourage more voter participation during the Jersey Shore’s most popular time of the year.

Check out the winners of the Top Ten Beaches title from 2008, 2009, 2010, 20112012, 2014 and 2015. In 2013, in recognition of the devastating impacts of Superstorm Sandy, rivalries were put on hold and the survey focused instead on sharing images and memories of the Jersey Shore.

Finally, in 2016 the “Top Ten” title was revised so that voters had more variety, taking into account the vast beauty of NJ’s wondrous coastline. With nearly 10,000 votes cast, the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium revealed the winners in Ocean City last June. The two overall favorite beaches were longtime reigning champion Ocean City and Wildwood Crest.

Be sure to share this year’s survey with family and friends, and stay tuned for the official results later this summer!

Connect with NJSGC on social media for more updates. Thank you for your continued support!

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