New Jersey's rich marine resources offer an outstanding variety of recreational opportunities for residents and visitors to the state. They also support an important commercial fishery and provide the basis for one of the state's most important industries - tourism. From blue claws to striped bass, from surf fishing to deep artificial reefs, the division's management of marine resources provides an incredible range of possibilities for enjoying our coastal areas.
Our marine resources provide something for anyone interested in saltwater fishing, clamming or crabbing. Stretching from Raritan Bay and Sandy Hook to Cape May and Delaware Bay, New Jersey's 83 miles of bayshores and 127 miles of Atlantic coastline provide unparalleled opportunities for enjoying our marine resources.
NOTE: Many marine species are managed on a coast-wide basis with seasons and limits required by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. They then must be approved by our state's Marine Fisheries Council. The Council usually addresses these issues at their March meeting with the management measures being effective in mid- to late April or early May. The Marine Issue of the Fish and Wildlife DIGEST is published in May. Regulations remain in effect until changed.
For information on salt water regulation changes, watch this page and our homepage
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