New Jersey Department
of Transportations Office of Maritime Resources (NJDOT/OMR)
is the state advocate for New Jersey's marine trade industry and
plans programs based on local, regional
and global factors that affect the economic, environmental, technical,
political and cultural climate within which New Jersey's marine
trade industry conducts business. It recognizes that a thriving marine trades industry is good for New Jersey's economy, coastal environment and quality of life.
Boating, fishing, waterborne recreation, tourism and ecotourism and the local businesses that support these activities along New Jersey navigation channels, provide thousands of jobs and directly contribute to local and state tax revenues.
New Jersey focuses on navigable waterways and recreational boating as an important component of the National Marine Transportation System. To support New Jersey's marine trade businesses and organizations, NJDOT/OMR developed and manages the New Jersey Marine Trades Program. The Program encompasses numerous projects, grant programs, and marine-related initiatives such as: