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New Jersey

Saltwater Fishing

New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife

State of New Jersey

Philip D. Murphy, Governor

Sheila Y. Oliver, Lieutenant Governor

Department of Environmental Protection

Shawn LaTourette, Acting Commissioner

Division of Fish and Wildlife

Dave Golden, Director Ginger Kopkash, Assistant Director Lisa Barno, Assistant Director

Joe Cimino, Administrator, Marine Fisheries Administration

Jeff Brust, Chief, Marine Fisheries

Russ Babb, Chief, Shellfisheries

Al Ivany, Chief, Information and Education Sean Cianciulli, Chief, Law Enforcement Vacant, 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: Sunrise surf fishing. Photo: © Tello51 | Dreamstime.com.

New Jersey Fish and Wildlife Councils

Marine Fisheries Council

Richard N. Herb, Acting Chair

Dr. Eleanor Ann Bochenek

Dr. Patrick Donnelly

Warren (Barney) Hollinger

Jeff Kaelin

John J. Maxwell

Joe Rizzo

Robert R. Rush, Jr.

Kevin Wark

Atlantic Coast Shellfish Council

John J. Maxwell, Chair

Walter L. Johnson, III, Vice Chair

Paul Felder

George Mathis, Jr.

Delaware Bay Shellfish Council

Warren Hollinger, Chair

Stephen J. Fleetwood, Vice Chair

Richard Malinowski

Scott Sheppard

Hotlines

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–$100 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

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

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.

Mark your calendar for the Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament!

May 23, 2021

Island Beach State Park, Seaside Park, NJ

Come celebrate the 30th year of the Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament! Enjoy a great day of surf fishing with family and friends. The individual who catches the overall largest fish wins the "Governor's Trophy," a high end rod and reel combo, and will have their name engraved on the Governor's Cup, which is permanently displayed at Island Beach State Park. Prizes are awarded to winners in a variety of age group and fish species categories. All funds raised by the tournament go toward improving beach access, surf fishing instruction programs and equipment, plus marine education and restoration projects. The tournament is sponsored by NJDEP’s Division of Fish and Wildlife and Division of Parks and Forestry, New Jersey State Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, Jersey Coast Anglers Association and New Jersey Beach Buggy Association. For more information visit: www.NJFishandWildlife.com/gsft.htm or call (609) 947-1201.

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

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

2021 Sedge Island Summer Programs

Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center is offering a variety of one-day programs in the summer of 2021 for students, adults and families. Come connect with the beauty of Barnegat Bay while learning about fishing, clamming and kayaking! Visit NJFishandWildlife.com/sedge_summer.htm for details, date and cost or contact Karen Byrne at Karen.Byrne@dep.nj.gov.

Operation Game Thief

Report Abuse of our Outdoor Heritage!

1-855-OGT-TIPS

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.