Beach Season is Here!
Routine water quality monitoring and coastal aerial surveillance of beaches has begun. All lifeguarded beaches are open for swimming. Most ocean beaches are open on weekends and holidays only for the first few weeks of the beach season, and many bay and river beaches don't open until mid to late June. Please call the municipality directly for information regarding lifeguard availability at specific beaches.
Rip Current Information and Surf Forecasts
Rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away from shore. They occur most often at low spots or breaks in sandbars and near structures such as groins, jetties and piers. For surf forecasts and more Rip Current information, click on the hyperlinked title.
2016–2023 Humpback Whale Unusual Mortality Event
In consultation with NOAA Fisheries, the lead federal agency responsible for evaluating potential impacts to marine life and habitats from human activities in federal waters, DEP has been monitoring an unusual humpback whale mortality event that has been affecting Atlantic coast states. For more information, click on the hyperlinked title.
EPA's Recreational Boater's Guide to Vessel Sewage
EPA developed "A Recreational Boater’s Guide to Vessel Sewage" to make it easy for recreational boaters to understand what federal law says about handling the sewage generated onboard vessels. Boaters will learn about marine sanitation devices, no-discharge zones, and how to use pumpout facilities. The Guide also provides information about the environmental impacts of vessel sewage discharges and recommends some easy ways for boaters to help keep our waters clean. Click on the hyperlinked title above to access this document.
New Jersey Jellyfish Information
Click the hyperlinked title above to be directed to NJ Jellyfish Information. The website contains information on jellyfish species that may be encountered in NJ waters and related topics.