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Water Classifications

Shellfish Classification Trend Chart

Each year, the Bureau of Marine Water Monitoring (BMWM) updates the classification of New Jersey's coastal waters for shellfish harvesting. As the chart above shows, New Jersey has had a long history of improving the sanitary quality of its coastal waters These classifications are based on analysis of extensive sampling and pollution source surveys where actual and potential pollution sources are identified.  The classifications represent a comprehensive assessment of the sanitary quality of New Jersey's coastal waters. . The water classifications are:

Classification* Description
Approved No restrictions on licensed harvesters.
Seasonal (November - April) Waters which are condemned for the harvest of shellfish, but open by operation of regulations according to the schedule at N.J.A.C. 7:12-4.1
Seasonal (January - April) Waters which are condemned for the harvest of shellfish, but open by operation of regulations according to the schedule at N.J.A.C. 7:12-4.2.
Special Restricted Waters condemned for the harvest of shellfish, except for the harvesting for further processing may be done under special permit
Prohibited Waters condemned for the harvest of shellfish.

*New Jersey shellfish waters are classified in accordance with N.J.A.C. 7:12-1.4, the Department shall suspend or restrict shellfish waters in accordance with N.J.A.C. 7:12-1.5.

 

Maps of Shellfish Classifications of New Jersey's Coastal Waters
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