Fishing, Crabbing and Clamming

Great fishing, crabbing and clamming opportunities abound in Barnegat Bay.

2010 NJ Marine Recreational Minimum Size, Possession Limits & Seasons

For those of you who fish and crab recreationally in the Barnegat Bay, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Division of Fish and Wildlife’s 2009 Marine Recreational Minimum Size, Possession Limits & Seasons Summary Card will be available beginning the third week of June at local bait and tackle shops, marinas, sporting good stores and marine supply stores.  It is also available now in PDF form on the Division’s website. Click the link above to view the summary card online.

Blue Crabs
Blue crabs headed for the dinner table.

Marine Licenses and Permits – New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Division of Fish and Wildlife

This site provides information on obtaining a variety of marine licenses and permits, including recreational clamming licenses.

Tide charts for Barnegat Bay
Striper Tracker Project                                                                                                                                                                    Scientists from the Rutgers Marine Field Station are trying to gain a better understanding of the coastal migration of striped bass. Visit the project’s website,, to view past and present movements of striped bass in southern Barnegat Bay and Great Bay, learn about striped bass, adopt a fish and track it, access a field guide of the fishes of Great Bay and southern Barnegat Bay, and much more.

Beach Reports & Fish Consumption Advisories

The New Jersey Ocean Beach Information website is operated by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and provides information on New Jersey’s ocean beach water quality and public access locations.

Fish Smart, Eat Smart — a Guide to Health Advisories for Eating Fish and Crabs Caught in New Jersey Waters

Some fish and crustaceans caught in New Jersey are contaminated with chemicals such as Dioxin, PCBs and Mercury.  If you are interested in finding information about fish consumption advisories and the “Fish Smart, Eat Smart Guide,” you can find easy to understand guidance provided by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) on their website or download the 2016 “Fish Smart, Eat Smart Guide” by clicking here.

Support sustainable fisheries!

The Seafood Watch regional guides, produced by the Monterey Bay Aquarium, contain the latest information on sustainable seafood choices available in different regions of the U.S.  Their “Best Choices” are fish that are abundant, well managed and fished or farmed in environmentally friendly ways.

Seafood to “Avoid” are over-fished and/or fished or farmed in ways that harm other marine life or the environment. You can download a pocket-size version at the Monterey Bay Aquarium website.

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