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Bureau of Marine Fisheries

The Bureau of Marine Fisheries is responsible for the administration of marine fisheries management programs. The objective of the bureau is to protect, conserve and enhance marine fisheries resources and their habitat. With 127 miles of Atlantic coast and 83 miles of bayshore there's a lot of area to cover.

Living marine resources support important recreational and commercial fisheries in New Jersey. They help support a tourism industry worth $16 billion, and generate recreational & commercial fish revenues of about $2 billion.

In an effort to manage the various resources, the bureau conducts research and inventory projects designed to provide data on fishery resources and on the various user groups to develop and implement sound management plans.

The bureau is also involved with habitat protection. Through the division's Office of Environmental Review the bureau reviews and comments on various developmentproposals that may impact the marine resources.

For more information on New Jersey's marine resources see the following pages:

Saltwater Fishing, Crabbing and Clamming in New Jersey
Bureau of Shellfisheries

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Trenton, NJ 08625-0402

Last Updated: March 19, 2012