Jacques Cousteau Reserve, New Jersey

State

New Jersey

State Partner

New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers University

Acres

114,884

Est. Date

1997

The Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve consists of just under 115,000 acres of pinelands, coastal plains, and barrier islands. It is home to many diverse species, including wading birds, waterfowl, raptors, songbirds, blue crabs, hard clams, bluefish, summer flounder, and more than 90 species of fish. Reserve staff prioritize research, outreach, and education to protect and restore ecosystems and preserve the future of New Jersey’s coasts.

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This reserve currently does not have a formal friends organization. Please stay tuned for more information.

Did You Know…

The Jacques Cousteau Reserve uses an autonomous underwater vehicle to track fish—the first time this technology has been used for this purpose.

Latest News from the Jacques Cousteau Reserve

Eel Monitoring Slips Over NJ Border

Eel Monitoring Slips Over NJ Border

Young American eels travel more than 1,000 miles from the Sargasso Sea to coastal estuaries along the United States. When they reach the Hudson River, community members are waiting to count them.

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Guide Helps Communities Plan for Rising Seas

Guide Helps Communities Plan for Rising Seas

Sea levels are projected to rise a foot along our nation’s coasts by 2050; on par with what the country experienced in the previous century. Every community will experience this differently, and thanks to a new Application Guide, they have the tools they need.

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Talk NERRdy to Me: Mike De Luca

Talk NERRdy to Me: Mike De Luca

This month, NERRA’s correspondent-at-large Nik Charov interviewed Mike De Luca, manager at the Jacques Cousteau Reserve in New Jersey. A young rising star in marine science, Mike discussed the Jersey Shore, NERRA lore, and why he ever left the Caribbean.

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Jacques Cousteau Reserve, New Jersey