year, the Bureau of Marine Water Monitoring collects approximately
10,000 water samples and analyzes these samples at its
laboratory facilities in Leeds Point, NJ. In addition,
bureau staff regularly perform field surveys of the coastal
shoreline to monitor any actual or potential pollution
sources. This information is reviewed each year in order
to update the classification of the state's coastal waters
for shellfish harvest. Reports on this information can
be found in the reports section of this website. These classifications
are performed to maintain New Jersey's compliance with
the National Shellfish Sanitation Program and to maintain
the state's excellent record of safe shellfish harvest.
review these classifications, click on a portion of the
map or the side bar to see the 2012 classifications for that portion
of the state. SHELLFISH GROWING WATER CLASSIFICATION CHARTS ARE A GRAPHIC REPRESENTATION
OF THE CLASSIFICATION REGULATIONS AND ARE PROVIDED FOR GENERAL INFORMATION ONLY.
See N.J.A.C. 7:12 for the full legal descriptions; or the NJDEP Rules and Regulations website. The 'Cover Pages' explain the most recent changes in classification. The printed booklet of the shellfish classification charts is now available at our office and various locations throughtout New Jersey.
A valid shellfish license (commercial or recreational)
is required for any shellfish harvesting in New Jersey and shellfish permits are required for commercial harvesting. For more information on a shellfish harvesting license
and other regulations (such as size limits), contact the NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife, Bureau
of Shellfisheries at (609) 748-2040.