Two outstretched hands cradling a shellfish with smooth, spotted shell

Shellfish (clams, oysters, blue mussels, bay scallops)

Harvestable shellfish in New Jersey include hard clams (Mercenaria mercenaria), oysters (Crassostrea virginica), bay scallops (Aequipecten irradians) and blue mussels (Mytilus edulis) in the estuarine waters, while the marine waters off the New Jersey coast support surf clams (Spisula solidissima), ocean quahogs (Artica islandica) and sea scallop (Placopecten magellanicus) fisheries.

Access to shellfishing grounds in State-owned waters along the western edge of the Holgate peninsula is provided to the public via the 0.4-mile-long Clamming Trail 24 hours each day, between September 1 and March 15. Landing boats are also permitted to access those sites at those times.

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Edwin B. Forsythe NWR: Recreational Fishing Plan

There is a long tradition of salt- and freshwater fishing, crabbing, and shellfishing in southern New Jersey. Fishing has occurred on the refuge nearly since its establishment. This plan amends existing fishing areas, access to fishing areas, and some regulations.