SIMCZ Studies

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The Sedge Island Marine Conservation Zone (SIMCZ) contains approximately 1,600 acres of highly productive tidal marshes, creeks, ponds, and open water. The purpose of the Conservation Zone is to “protect and interpret the wildlife resources while reducing user conflicts and maintaining the traditional uses of the area.”┬áThis conservation zone was created due in part to Save Barnegat Bay’s work on the preservation of open space, both on land throughout the watershed and in water throughout the bay, and is maintained by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP).

The goals of the team project are to continue the data collection of Professor Paul Jivoff, Rider University, in order to have long term data sets from inside and outside the conservation zone, and to assist the NJDEP with the assessment of the effectiveness of conservation zones throughout the bay. As a team, students will work with our Student Grant Team Project Advisors: Karen Byrne, Jason Kelsey, and Jim Merritt.

Students will be collecting data such as:

  • Abundance, size, and species diversity of fish and selected crustaceans
  • Comparison of species in three shallow-water habitats – seagrass, macroalgae, and unvegetated
  • Comparison of species both within the conservation zone and outside it

Students interested in this team project are asked to please follow all applications guidelines set by the Student Grant Committee. Any incomplete applications will not be considered for the Team Project. Any questions about the team project can be directed to: Karen Byrne at

Now Accepting 2018 Applications ┬╗