Report an Environmental Crime

Boating incidents/accidents

Call the New Jersey State Police, Marine Services Unit, which patrols the Barnegat and Little Egg Harbor bays. If you need to report marine littering, dumping, distressed boats, unsafe boating, boating accidents, overdue boaters, erratic drivers, speed wash/wake violation, or the like, please note down the name of the boat (if possible), its location (GPS coordinates would be very helpful), and any other information which would help Marine Services investigate the problem.

If youre boating in the Atlantic City to Little Egg Harbor inlet area, please call the Atlantic City Station at 609-441-3586. If you’re boating in the Barnegat Bay area, call the Point Pleasant Station at 732-899-5050.

Diesel truck/bus idling violations

Call 1-877-WARN-DEP to report suspected violations of the idling standards. New Jersey law limits (with numerous exceptions) diesel engine idling to three minutes. NJDEP inspectors will issue citations to drivers and the owners of businesses where violations occur. Also see www.stopthesoot.org

Dumping or other Environmental Crimes, Incidents, Abuses or Complaints

Call 1-877-WARN-DEP (1-877-927-6337) for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection; or 1-800-535-DUMP for the Ocean County Environmental Crimes Unit; or 732-341-9700 for the Ocean County Health Department.

Fishing, Commercial

The Port Agent for the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is Joanne Pellegrino. She is in Toms River at 732-818-1311 and is in constant touch with the commercial fishermen.

New Jersey’s law-abiding anglers can assist conservation officers in their efforts to protect fish and wildlife resources by reporting marine fish and shellfish violations to 609-748-2050. Or, call the 24-hour, DEP hotline at 877-WARN-DEP.

Fishing, Recreational

JCAA (Jersey Coast Anglers Assoc.) 732-506-6565.

New Jersey Fish & Wildlife Marine Law Enforcement Office:  New Jersey’s law-abiding anglers can assist conservation officers in their efforts to protect fish and wildlife resources by reporting marine fish and shellfish violations to 609-748-2050 (Monday-Friday 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM). Or, call the 24-hour, DEP hotline at 877-WARN-DEP.  Another option is to call Operation Game Thief (855) OGT-TIPS.

West Nile Disease

The Ocean County Health Dept. 732-341-9700 x 7502 for sightings of sick or dead crows.

Wildlife (Injured)

http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/rehablst.htm for list of certified wildlife rehabilitators. Also, Barnegat Animal Clinic at 530 N. Main Street, Barnegat, NJ 08005 (609-698-2141) will treat any injured wild animal for free as long as the animal is released to them for future care and treatment. They work closely with certified wildlife rehabilitators, Donald Bonica of Toms River Avian Care, and the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife.

To report an injured or stranded marine mammal or sea turtle in New Jersey please CALL the Marine Mammal Stranding Center 24-Hour Hotline 609-266-0538 (DO NOT EMAIL).

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