Fisheries Workgroup

Barnegat Bay and Little Egg Harbor sustain important local and regional fisheries. The estuary and the surrounding wetlands are important nursery areas for a variety of shellfish and finfish, many of which are commercially valuable and/or prized by recreational anglers. In addition, anadromous fish, which migrate from the ocean to freshwater streams to reproduce, use the bay during their migrations.

Established in the summer of 2008, the Fisheries Workgroup was established to address fisheries priorities as identified in Barnegat Bay Partnership’s 2008 Strategic Plan. The Fisheries Workgroup is charged with identifying information gaps regarding crustacean, mollusk, and finfish ecology and/or fisheries (recreational and/or commercial), and to develop and oversee a Request For Proposals (RFP) to address those priority needs.

Participating in this effort are representatives from:

  • Barnegat Bay Partnership
  • Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve
  • Jersey Coast Anglers Association
  • New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
  • National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration
  • Rider University
  • Rutgers Cooperative Extension
  • Rutgers University
  • United States Fish and Wildlife Service