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N E W    J E R S E Y



Highlighted MMAs: Sedge Islands Marine Conservation Zone
Tidelands Act (Title 1 – N.J.S.A. 12:3 – 1 et seq.)

Island Beach State Park Marine Conservation Zone

The Sedge Islands/Island Beach State Park Marine Conservation Zone as example of marine zoning in New Jersey

As New Jersey’s first Marine Conservation Zone, the Sedge Islands/Island Beach State Park Marine Conservation Zone was designed to reduce the environmental impacts of personal watercraft and better manage wildlife, recreation and traditional uses of the area.

Protecting and preserving this sensitive marine habitat and the natural vegetation of this shallow tidal marsh area of Barnegat Bay is critical for the environmental health of the bay and its resources. The Marine Conservation Zone plays an important role in protecting sensitive habitat, including bird-nesting and foraging sites, and successfully resolves conflict issues between personal watercraft and living resources within the area.

NJ Senate Resolution (SJR 30) supported the efforts of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to establish a marine conservation zone in Barnegat Bay adjacent to Island Beach State Park. The Tidelands Resource Council approved a license for management of the submerged lands issued to the State Park Service and Natural Lands Council for a period of 22 years. Further, SJR30 directs the DEP and the council to ensure the prompt implementation of a management plan for this marine conservation zone.

Creating a marine conservation zone restricts personal watercraft from knee-deep waters within 300 feet of the Sedge Islands and backbay area of Island Beach State Park while still allowing traditional boating, kayaking, fishing and hunting activities to continue.

The partnership establishing this Marine Conservation Zone involved approval by the Tidelands Resource Council the Division of Parks and Forestry and the Division of Fish and Wildlife within the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

Note: Map is courtesy of Save Barnegat Bay.

Relevant Agencies/Programs:

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

Coastal Management Program

Division of Fish and Wildlife

Division of Parks and Forestry

New Jersey Historic Preservation Office

Delaware River Basin Commission

New Jersey Department of State Historical Commission

Green Acres Program

Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve



Marine Managed Area Systems:

Natural Areas
Natural Areas System Act (N.J.S.A. 13:1B-15.12a et seq.)
New Jersey Meadowlands Green Plan
Hackensack Meadowlands Reclamation & Development Act (NJSA 13:17-1 et seq.)
Wild and Scenic Rivers
New Jersey Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (N.J.S.A. 13:8-45 et seq.)
State Parks
State Parks Acquisition (N.J.S.A. 13:8A; 13:1L)
Wildlife Management Areas
Wildlife Management Areas (N.J.S.A. 13:8-64)
Barrier Island Corridors
Coastal Area Facility Review Act (CAFRA; N.J.S.A. 13:19-1 et seq.)
Waterfront Development Law (N.J.S.A. 12:5-3)
Endangered/Threatened Vegetation/Wildlife Habitat
Coastal Area Facility Review Act (CAFRA; N.J.S.A. 13:19-1 et seq.)
Waterfront Development Law (N.J.S.A. 12:5-3)
Existing Lagoon Edges
Coastal Area Facility Review Act (CAFRA; N.J.S.A. 13:19-1 et seq.)
Waterfront Development Law (N.J.S.A. 12:5-3)
Finfish Migration Pathways
Waterfront Development Law (N.J.S.A. 12:5-3)
Tidelands Act (N.J.S.A. 12:3-1 et seq.)
Higbee Beach - Pond Creek Meadow Area
Coastal Area Facility Review Act (CAFRA; N.J.S.A. 13:19-1 et seq.)
Intertidal and Subtidal Shallows
Waterfront Development Law (N.J.S.A. 12:5-3)
Tidelands Act (N.J.S.A. 12:3-1 et seq.)
Marina Moorings Areas
Waterfront Development Law (N.J.S.A. 12:5-3)
Tidelands Act (N.J.S.A. 12:3-1 et seq.)
Submerged Vegetation Habitat
Waterfront Development Law (N.J.S.A. 12:5-3)
Tidelands Act (N.J.S.A. 12:3-1 et seq.)


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