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The Bureau of Freshwater Fisheries is responsible for the protection and management of the aquatic resources in the state's 26,000 miles of freshwater streams and over 400 public lakes. These diverse resources include habitat and fisheries resources in waters from small, coldwater streams in the northwest to tidal rivers along the state's borders including seasonal migrations of anadromous fish.

Wild brook trout To meet management goals and assure the long term protection of the state's aquatic resources, fisheries biologists conduct fishery surveys on the state's freshwater lakes and streams, propose surface water classifications and provide technical input on a multitude of land use, watershed, and habitat based issues. The Bureau also oversees the Division's fish stocking programs coordinating the distribution of 16 species of fish with over 2,000,000 fish annually in over 250 waterbodies located throughout the state.

Additionally, the bureau also facilitates habitat restoration projects and serves as a liaison to a variety of forums concerning the status of the state's fishery resources. The bureau, in coordination with the New Jersey Fish and Game Council, establishes season and daily creel limits for freshwater fish species. It also administers permits for fish stocking, water lowering, commercial harvests, and scientific collecting to further provide for the effective management and protection of the state's aquatic resources.

For more efficient management of aquatic resources, the state is divided into seven regional management areas. In addition to administering to these regional responsibilities, each fisheries biologist has a specific area of expertise and oversees related research and management projects.

The bureau is funded by New Jersey sportsmen, through the sale of fishing licenses and permits and through a Federal excise tax on the manufacturing fishing related equipment. Federal excise tax money is distributed through the Sport Fish Restoration Program administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Permit Information
Fishes of New Jersey Lake Management Plans Sampling Protocols
Fish Fact Sheets Lake Survey Maps Classification of NJ Waters
Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plans Federal Sport Fish Restoration Program
2016-2017 Fish Code

For information regarding management programs, or about a water you fish in, contact the appropriate biologist using the topics or the "clickable map" below.


Fisheries Management in the Lower Atlantic Coastal
Warmwater Fish Management

    Eric Boehm, Assistant Fisheries Biologist

Fisheries Management in the Lower Passaic and Upper Atlantic Watersheds
Anadromous Fishes Management, Water Lowering Permits

    Mark Boriek, Principal Fisheries Biologist

Fisheries Management in the Upper Passaic Watershed
Coolwater Fisheries Assessment, Stream Temperature Monitoring, Wild Trout Stream Team

    Scott Collenburg, Assistant Fisheries Biologist

Fisheries Management in the Raritan Watershed
Native Fishes Management

    Shawn Crouse, Principal Fisheries Biologist

Fisheries Management in the Upper Delaware (South) Watershed
Coldwater Fishes Management, Wild Trout Stream Team, Federal Grant Coordinator

    Patricia Hamilton, Principal Fisheries Biologist

Fisheries Management in the Upper Delaware (North) and Wallkill River Watersheds
Trout Stocking Coordinator, GIS, Database Management, Wild Trout Stream Team

    Ross Shramko, Senior Fisheries Biologist

Fisheries Management in the Lower Delaware Watershed
Warmwater Fisheries Management and Invasive Species

    Chris Smith, Principal Fisheries Biologist

E-mail Ross Shramko E-mail Scott Collenburg E-mail Mark Boriek E-mail Shawn Crouse E-mail Eric Boehm E-mail Pat Hamilton E-mail Chris Smith
Click on watershed region of water you are interested in to e-mail a biologist.
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arrow Genetic Diversity of Wild Brook Trout Populations in New Jersey: Conservation and Management Implications
arrow Coldwater Fisheries Management Plan
arrow Largemouth Bass Virus Information
arrow Pequest Trout Hatchery
arrow Hackettstown State Fish Hatchery
arrow Lakes Benefit from Habitat Projects


arrow Current Water Data for New Jersey - USGS Site
arrow Nutrient Pollution - US EPA Site
arrow How's My Waterway? - US EPA Site
arrow Spawning Warmwater Fish at the Hackettstown Hatchery - Video Feature
arrow Electrofishing a Small Tributary to the South Branch of the Raritan River - Video

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Last Updated: June 27, 2016