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2014 Classification Maps pdf
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Cover Pages - Please Read First
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Chart 1 - Raritan Bay
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Chart 2 - Sandy Hook Bay
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Chart 3 - Shrewsbury River
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Chart 4 - Shark River
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Chart 5 - Manasquan River
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Chart 6 - Toms River/Barnegat Bay
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Chart 7 - Barnegat Inlet
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Chart 8 - Southern Barnegat Bay
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Chart 9 - Manahwkin Bay
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Chart 10 - Little Egg Harbor
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Chart 11- Great Bay/Mullica River
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Chart 12 - Absecon Inlet
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Chart 13 - Great Egg Harbor Inlet
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Chart 14 - Corson's Inlet
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Chart 15 - Townsends Inlet
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Chart 16 - Hereford Inlet
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Chart 17 - Cape May Inlet
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Chart 18 - Eastern Delaware Bay
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Chart 19 - Western Delaware Bay
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All Shellfish Classification Map (large file)

 

Shellfish Classifications of New Jersey's Coastal Waters

 

Each year, the Bureau of Marine Water Monitoring (BMWM) collects approximately 12,000-15,000 water samples and analyzes these samples at its laboratory facilities in Leeds Point, NJ. In addition, BMWM staff regularly perform field surveys of the coastal shoreline to monitor any actual or potential pollution sources. This information is reviewed each year in order to update the classification of the state's coastal waters for shellfish harvest. Reports on this information can be found in the reports section of this website.  These classifications are performed to maintain New Jersey's compliance with the National Shellfish Sanitation Program and to maintain the state's excellent record of safe shellfish harvest.

Please click on a chart from the side bar or a coastal portion of the adjacent map to see the 2014 classifications. SHELLFISH GROWING WATER CLASSIFICATION CHARTS ARE A GRAPHIC REPRESENTATION OF THE CLASSIFICATION REGULATIONS AND ARE PROVIDED FOR GENERAL INFORMATION ONLY. See N.J.A.C. 7:12 for the full legal descriptions; or the NJDEP Rules and Regulations website. The 'Cover Pages' explain the most recent changes in classification.

The printed booklet of the shellfish classification charts is now available at our office and various locations throughtout New Jersey. Please be advised that, due to severe storms, short term pollution events, or until classification changes can be adopted through rulemaking temporary closures of shellfishing waters are sometimes made.  If you are not certain about conditions in waters where you will be harvesting, please contact the Bureau of Marine Water Monitoring at (609) 748-2000.

A valid shellfish license (commercial or recreational) is required for any shellfish harvesting in New Jersey and shellfish permits are required for certain commercial harvesting. For more information on a shellfish harvesting license and other regulations (such as size limits), contact the NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife, Bureau of Shellfisheries at (609) 748-2040.

 

BMWM Basic County Map
Click on the area of the New Jersey coast that you are interested in on the map above (Adobepdf PDF files).
 
 
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Last Updated: April 8, 2014

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