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PDF Segments of the
2020 New Jersey Marine DIGEST


This page and linked documents are provided for archival, research and informational purposes only.
For current regulations go to
NJ Marine Digest Cover The 2020 New Jersey Marine Digest is available on this website in PDF format and was on the publisher's website in an interactive format.

Print versions were available at coastal sport shops and license agents. (Please note some license agents were not open due to COVID 19. Out-of-state residents could request a print copy by e-mailing

Please note that the Marine DIGEST is published in May and the regulations contained in it are accurate at the time of publication. However, regulations may change after publication. For the latest up-to-date information on current or pending salt water regulations, visit the Regulations page.

Subscribers to the Marine Fisheries and Shellfish E-mail Lists receive notification of rule and regulations changes or proposed changes. Readers can also call the 24/7 Marine Fisheries "listen-only" regulations line for current regulations at 609-292-2083. Bureau of Marine Fisheries staff can be contacted at 609-748-2020 for further information.

Past issues of the Marine DIGEST are linked below.

Complete 2020 New Jersey Marine DIGEST (pdf, 9.9mb)


Cover - 5 Contains: Cover; Table of Contents; Hotlines and Contacts; Director's Message; About This Guide; Your Dollars Make a Difference! State and Federal Partnership; Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament; Fish and Wildlife Councils; Mission and Goals Statements; Sedge Island Living Shoreline; New Jersey: Stock Status & Management Updates; Marine Recreational Surveys; and advertisements. (pdf, 3.4mb)

Pages 6 - 9 Contains: The Artificial Reefs of New Jersey (Article); Horseshoe Crab: A Profile; and advertisements. (pdf, 1.5mb)

Pages 10 - 19 (except 14-15) Contains: Marine Regulations; E-mail Lists; Accessible Fishing Sites; Tips For Releasing Fish Unharmed; Striped Bass Bonus Program; Saltwater Recreational Registry Program; Motor Boat Registration/Title and Operator Requirements; Mollusks/Crustaceans Regulations; NJ State Seasons, Minimum Size and Possession Limits Chart; Federal Minimum Size, Possession Limits and Seasons Chart; Shellfish and Crab Pot License Information; Chesapeake-Style Crab Pot Terrapin Excluders and Biodegradable Panels Information; Shellfish and Non-Commercial Crab Pot License Information and Agents; DEP Action Line; and advertisements. (pdf, 2.2mb)

Pages 14 - 15 Contains: Marine Species Identification Illustrations (pdf, 1.5mb)

Pages 20 - 27 Contains: Offshore Wind (Article); Skillful Angler Recognition Program; Record Fish Program; State Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs; Fish Smart, Eat Smart; NOAA Fisheries; Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center Programs; Law Enforcement and Regulation Information Contacts; Use Pumpouts; Operation Game Thief; and advertisements. (pdf, 2.5mb)

Pages 28 - 30 Contains: Angler's Showplace Advertisements; Telephone Directory; Free Fishing Days; and advertisements. (pdf, 1.3mb)

Related Pages:
2020 Marine Recreational Fishing Regulations "ATTENTION ANGLERS" Summary Sheet (pdf, 170kb)
2020 Marine Recreational Seasons Summary Chart (pdf, 135kb)
2020 Commercial Marine Fishing Regulations - Updated December 11, 2020 (pdf, 280kb)

Digest Advertising
The Division of Fish and Wildlife incorporates advertising in each issue of the New Jersey Fish and Wildlife Digest to defray publishing and printing costs. This responsible use of funding permits the Division to expand communication and outreach efforts with the sportsmen and women who enjoy our wildlife resources.

To advertise in upcoming issues of the Digest (freshwater fishing, marine or hunting), contact J.F.Girffin Publishing at 413-884-1001 ext. 2.

Past Issues
2019 Marine DIGEST
2018 Marine DIGEST
2017 Marine DIGEST
2016 Marine DIGEST
2015 Marine DIGEST
2014 Marine DIGEST
2013 Marine DIGEST
2012 Marine DIGEST
2011 Marine Issue of the Fish and Wildlife DIGEST
2010 Marine Issue of the Fish and Wildlife DIGEST
2009 Marine Issue of the Fish and Wildlife DIGEST
2008 Marine Issue of the Fish and Wildlife DIGEST
2007 Marine Issue of the Fish and Wildlife DIGEST
2006 Marine Issue of the Fish and Wildlife DIGEST
2005 Marine Issue of the Fish and Wildlife DIGEST
2004 Marine Issue of the Fish and Wildlife DIGEST
2003 Marine Issue of the Fish and Wildlife DIGEST
2002 Marine Issue of the Fish and Wildlife DIGEST
2001 Marine Issue of the Fish and Wildlife DIGEST
2000 Marine Issue of the Fish and Wildlife DIGEST

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Last Updated: April 26, 2021