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The Ocean County Library has many books about the seashore, including ones on marine biology, shells, shore animals, birds, plants, and much, much more. Come on in to the library and check some out for reading on your next trip to the beach!

Don’t forget to use Ebscohost, the Library’s premiere index to magazine articles. Ebscohost includes Master File Premier, which provides full text for over 1,500 periodicals.

Ocean County Beaches
Would you like some information about Ocean County's lovely beaches? This page, located on New Jersey's home page, describes the county's ocean and bay beaches and gives phone numbers for more information.

On the Water in Ocean County
This site, part of the Ocean County Government’s web pages, is a great resource for those interested in certain activities while visiting the ocean, bays, and inland waterways of Ocean County. Here you will find news about kayaking, canoeing, boat rentals, and where to find fishing bait and tackle, along with other information on water activities.

Travel through our area’s beaches with Bob, an Asbury Park Press writer who is walking down the Monmouth and Ocean county shorelines through this summer. Read his column from the Sunday papers, week by week, and see what he has discovered about one of the greatest attractions in our area - the beaches! Don’t forget to click on his “Featured Towns Archive” button to read about his earlier trips this summer.

New Jersey Ocean Beach Information
This site gives daily reports of recreational beach water quality from the State of New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection (so that’s why those helicopters are hovering and dipping things into the water!).

New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife
Read the latest news about coastal wildlife from the official site of New Jersey’s Fish and Wildlife Division. Getting information on state fishing regulations and learning how to catch and cook blue claw crabs are just two links from this great site.

New Jersey Tide Tables
This site has an interactive tide table for New Jersy areas. Interested in finding tide tables for other areas? You can find links to tidal charts for the entire United States ocean coast at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), along with links to much more information about our oceans.

The Cool Room 
This site, maintained by the Rutgers University Coastal Ocean Observation Lab, pulls together data from satellites, coastal radars and underwater weather stations. Fishermen, boaters, sailors, divers, swimmers, and surfers will have access here to information about surface currents, water temperatures, wave heights, and weather at some of our area beaches.

New Jersey Lighthouse Society
Curious about lighthouses here in New Jersey? This web site tells their histories and even has pictures!

New Jersey Council of Diving Clubs
This group was founded in 1956 and has 22 member clubs and individual members. Many issues important to divers are discussed here, including New Jersey diving rules and sand mining. There is a page that lists New Jersey diving shops, some with their own web sites.

New Jersey Beach Buggy Association
Those interested in four-wheel beach driving and fishing, while preserving the natural resources of our beaches, should click on this link. The NJBBA, established in 1954, provides links to beach access information, fishing reports, and weather from their Web page.

This site, published by the U.S. Department of Fish & Wildlife, gives information on shorebirds, many of which migrate through this area.

Alliance for a Living Ocean, the Center for Marine Conservation, and Clean Ocean Action
Organizations dedicated to keeping our beaches and ocean water clean and safe. Check out these pages and see what they are doing to fulfill their missions, and what you can do to help!

New Jersey Surf
This site has links to web pages of interest to surfers, including Surfer’s Environmental Alliance, surf shops in New Jersey and live cameras showing some of New Jersey’s finest beaches.

Barnegat Bay National Estuary Program
The Barnegat Bay National Estuary Program (BBNEP) is one of 28 estuaries of "national significance" in the United States. The BBNEP works hand in hand with federal, state, municipal, academic, business, and private organizations to help restore, maintain, protect, and enhance this wonderful natural resource.

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