JOIN Us in 2019 FOR SEINE THE BAY DAY CELEBRATIONS!
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15
What is Seine the Bay Day?
It's a celebration of all life that lives in an estuary!
IT’S FREE - BRING YOUR FAMILY, BRING A FRIEND, OR JUST BRING YOURSELF!
We seine different sites all day to see what lives in the water along Raritan Bay and Sandy Hook Bay, New Jersey.
Seine the Bay Day is both an annual early summer and late summer event, usually taking place in May or June and September. Volunteers help to drag a long net (called a seine net) through the water to find out what might live in the shallow part of Raritan and Sandy Hook bays. The catch is never the same; we may catch juvenile fish, shrimp, or even baby puffers or seahorses in the net.
Seining team members are citizen scientists. All fishes, crabs, and other aquatic creatures are identified, measured, and cataloged; and returned to the water.
In addition, volunteers collect water temperature, salinity, and turbidity information; and document the tidal stage, and note the aquatic vegetation in the area.
The species we catch with a seine net are limitless; it all depends on what species are visiting the area we are seining.
Seining is one of the oldest methods of catching fish. It has a history of thousands of years. Coastal native people who once lived along the Jersey Shore used seine nets, similar to ones in use today, to catch fish. These days, seine fishing is usually one of the first methods in use to manage fish stocks by wildlife biologists.
American Eel swims back into Sandy Hook Bay, NJ after being discovered in our seine net on June 14, 2015.
Times and locations are found below.
Heavy rain, strong winds or extremely high tides will cancel the event.
We conduct a citizen science seining survey at four (4) sites along Raritan Bay & Sandy Hook Bay.
Below are locations & times.
Aberdeen Township/Cliffwood Beach - Address: Entrance to beach parking lot located near 625 Ocean Blvd, Keyport (Cliffwood Beach), NJ 07735. Meet in the paved parking lot near the beach entrance along Ocean Blvd.
Union Beach/Conaskonck Point - Address: Gravel parking lot near 125 Dock Street, Union Beach, NJ 07735. Meet in the gravel parking lot where Front and Dock streets meet.
Middletown Township/Port Monmouth - Address: Gravel Parking lot near 696 Old Port Monmouth Road, Middletown, NJ 07758. Meet in the gravely parking lot across from the Monmouth Cove Marina on Old Port Monmouth Road. We will seine near the mouth of Pews Creek.
Atlantic Highlands/Mouth of Many Mind Creek - Address: on beach near 5 Avenue A, Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716. Meet at the end of Avenue A, near the beach entrance to the bay. On-street parking only.
Seine the Bay Archives
We have been seining the bay for many years. Check out the results below from years passed.