New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife

Saltwater Marine Fishing Regulations New Jersey Saltwater Fishing

State of New Jersey

Philip D. Murphy, Governor

Sheila Y. Oliver, Lieutenant Governor

Department of Environmental Protection

Catherine R. McCabe, Commissioner

Division of Fish and Wildlife

Dave Golden, Acting Director
Paulette Nelson, Assistant Director
Joe Cimino, Administrator, Marine Fisheries Administration

Vacant, Chief, Marine Fisheries

Jeff Brust, Research Scientist, Marine Fisheries

Russ Babb, Chief, Shellfisheries

Al Ivany, Chief, Information and Education
Sean Cianciulli, Chief, Law Enforcement
Lisa Barno, Chief, Freshwater Fisheries
Jason Hearon, Chief, Land Management
Carole Stanko, Chief, Wildlife Management
John Heilferty, Chief, Endangered and Nongame Species
Cindy Kuenstner, Editor

New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife is a professional, environmental organization dedicated to the protection, management and wise use of the state’s fish and wildlife resources.

The Digest is available at coastal license agents, bait and tackle shops and Fish and Wildlife offices. Information may be reprinted with permission. Subscriptions are not available.

This Digest is designed and produced by J.F. Griffin Publishing, LLC; www.jfgriffin.com.

Partial funding for the Digest is provided by the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Program.

Cover photo: Black sea bass (photo courtesy of Captain Corey Pietraszek).

New Jersey Fish and Wildlife Councils

Marine Fisheries Council

Richard N. Herb, Acting Chair

James Alexis

Dr. Eleanor Ann Bochenek

Warren Hollinger

John J. Maxwell

Sergio Radossi

Joe Rizzo

Robert R. Rush, Jr.

Fish and Game Council

Frank Virgillio, Acting Chair

Phillip Brodhecker

Joe DeMartino

Jim DeStephano

Agust Gudmundsson

Dr. Rick Lathrop

Jeffrey A. Link

Robert Pollack

Loren Robinson

Ken Whildin

Atlantic Coast Shellfish Council

John J. Maxwell, Chair

Walter L. Johnson, III, Vice Chair

Delaware Bay Shellfish Council

Warren Hollinger, Chair

Stephen J. Fleetwood, Vice Chair

Richard Malinowski

Wildlife Rehabilitators
Advisory Committee

Diane Nickerson, Chair

Phillip Brodhecker

Giselle Chazotte-Smisko

Carol Dragland

Heather Freeman

Tracy Leaver

Dr. Nicole Lewis

Dr. Erica Miller

Dr. Jennifer Norton

Michael O’Malley

Waterfowl Stamp
Advisory Committee

Robert VonSuskil, Chair

Peter Bacinski

Joseph DeMartino

Mike Kantor

Scott Paterson

Mike Shanahan

Jim A. Shissias

Dr. Lenore Tedesco

Ken Whildin

Endangered and Nongame
Species Advisory Committee

Dr. Rick Lathrop, Chair

Dr. James Applegate

Dr. Barbara Brummer

Dr. Joanna Burger

Dr. Emile DeVito

Howard Geduldig

Dr. Erica Miller

Dr. David Mizrahi

Jane Morton-Galetto

Dr. Howard Reinert

James Shissias

Where to Write Us

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Fish and Wildlife
MC 501-03 • P.O. Box 420 • Trenton, NJ 08625-0420 • NJFishandWildlife.com

New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife

Our Mission

To protect and manage the state’s fish and wildlife to maximize their long-term ­biological, recreational and economic value for all New Jerseyans.

Our Goals

• To maintain New Jersey’s rich variety of fish and wildlife species at stable, healthy levels and to protect and enhance the many habitats on which they depend.

• To educate New Jerseyans on the values and needs of our fish and wildlife and to foster a positive human/wildlife co-existence.

• To maximize the recreational and commercial use of New Jersey’s fish and wildlife for both present and future generations.


New Jersey Fish and Wildlife

Report Marine, Shellfish and Finfish Violations

(609) 748-2050 or call the 24-hour DEP Hotline: 877-WARNDEP
Violators of the Marine Fisheries laws are subject to a $30 per fish or $300 to $3,000 fine.

Federal Marine Fisheries Contacts

NOAA Fisheries
Enforcement Hotline

24-hour non-emergency tipline (800) 853-1964

NOAA Fisheries Office of Law Enforcement — Northeast Enforcement Division HQ

(978) 281-9249

Federal Fisheries Law Enforcement Field Offices

Wall: (732) 280-6490
Northfield: (609) 415-2941


Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center Programs — Summer 2019

  • Sedge Island Fishing Experience:
    A 4-day 3-night marine fishing intensive program. Open to students going into grades 8 and 9 in the fall of 2019.
  • Barnegat Bay Field and Research Experience: A 6-day 5-night program focused on conducting field research. Open to high school students.
  • Sedge Island Field Experience: A 4-day 3-night program that has students work alongside biologists in the salt marsh field. Open to students going into grades 7, 8 and 9 in the fall of 2019.
  • Bay to Bowl: A 3-day 2-night program open to adults interested in harvesting food from the bay and learning how to prepare and cook it.

For more details, dates and cost visit NJFishandWildlife.com/sedge.htm
or contact Karen Byrne at


Law Enforcement

Law Enforcement and Regulation Information Contact a New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife Law Enforcement office that serves the county where you hunt or fish.

  • Northern Region — (908) 735-8240
    (Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren counties)
  • Central Region — (609) 259-2120
    (Burlington, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean counties)
  • Southern Region — (856) 629-0555
    (Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties)
  • Marine Region — (609) 748-2050
    (coastal and bay areas)
  • To report violations anonymously
    call Operation Game Thief

    (855) OGT-TIPS


Operation Game Thief

Report Abuse of our Outdoor Heritage!


24 Hours a Day, Seven Days a Week

The person who poaches, pollutes habitat and abuses public land tarnishes the image of sportsmen and robs us of our fish and wildlife
as well as tax and license dollars. You can make a difference.

Call OGT to report:

  • Negligent use of firearms
  • Over the limits for game and fish
  • Commercial exploitation of fish and wildlife
  • Pollution of habitat, dumping on state land
  • Destruction of signs and state property
  • Illegal killing, taking or possession of any wildlife

It’s Free. It’s Confidential.

You May Be Eligible for a Reward.

Funded by the New Jersey State Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs.

Designed to encourage sportsmen to report poaching and wildlife crimes.


Attention Boaters

Keep Our Water Clean—
Use Pumpouts

Ready To Serve Boaters! Visit marina pumpout facilities or contact one of the pumpout boats. A complete listing of operational pumpout facilities at marinas and detailed information on the pumpout boats can be found at NJBoating.org.

Proper maintenance and operation of your on-board toilet and holding tank are critical to ensure they function properly.

  • Always use sufficient water when flushing
  • Use toilet paper designed for use in marine/RV systems
  • Have your marina inspect your onboard toilet system to make sure it is operating properly