SEINE THE BAY - A BIOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT OF ESTUARINE WATERS ALONG THE JERSEY SHORE

Thanks for a fun seining season in 2019!

 

JOIN US IN 2020 FOR SEINE THE BAY DAY EVENTS!


 

What is Seine the Bay?

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!

FIND OUT WHAT FISH, CRABS AND OTHER SEA CREATURES CALL THE EDGE OF THE JERSEY SHORE HOME!

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We seine different sites throughout the summer to see what lives in the water along Raritan Bay and Sandy Hook Bay, New Jersey. 

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Volunteers help to drag a long net (called a seine net) through the water to find out what might live in the shallow parts of an estuary. 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.

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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.

There is no doubt the more members of Save Coastal Wildlife conduct public seining events, the better picture people obtain of the bay. Seining is a method of taking the pulse of a local aquatic ecosystem. It's a way to gain an insight into the health of the near shore environment where many people swim, fish, and enjoy the Jersey Shore. It's always a fun and interesting time. Join Us!

American Eel swims back into Sandy Hook Bay, NJ after being discovered in our seine net on June 14, 2015.

Seining in Sandy Hook Bay, New Jersey during low tide

Seining in Sandy Hook Bay, New Jersey during low tide


 

Check back here to find dates, times and locations for seine the bay events in 2020 along the Jersey Shore.


Heavy rain, strong winds or extremely high tides will cancel the event.

 

 

Seine the Bay Archives

We have been seining the bay for a very long time. Check out the results below from years passed.

Frank Steimle (left) and Eugene W. Geer Jr (right) - they helped to start a series of organized seining events in 1971 along Raritan Bay and Sandy Hook Bay, NJ to show people what fish and crabs lived in local waters They were the inspiration for Save Coastal Wildlife’s seining events along the Jersey Shore.

Frank Steimle (left) and Eugene W. Geer Jr (right) - they helped to start a series of organized seining events in 1971 along Raritan Bay and Sandy Hook Bay, NJ to show people what fish and crabs lived in local waters They were the inspiration for Save Coastal Wildlife’s seining events along the Jersey Shore.