MISSION AND WORK
Fish and Wildlife is responsible for the protection and management of the aquatic resources in the state’s 26,000 miles of freshwater streams and over 400 public lakes. A great emphasis is placed on monitoring water quality, wild fish populations, and protecting and enhancing their habitats. With two state-of-the- art fish hatcheries, the Hackettstown State Fish Hatchery and the Pequest Trout Hatchery, the agency coordinates the stocking of more than 2,000,000 fish annually to enhance fishing opportunities throughout the state. In coordination with the New Jersey Fish and Game Council, Fish and Wildlife establishes creel limits, and administers permits for the protection of the state’s freshwater resources.
Highlights of current, past and ongoing activities.
Brook Trout bounce back after removal of Brown Trout.
Learn about efforts to return historic runs of American Shad.
Enjoy superb pike fishing close to home.
NJ’s newest addition, now in 4 waters.
Find out more about our work.
Children learn the importance of coldwater conservation right in the classroom.
Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us. NJDEP’s Fish and Wildlife is very interested in public comments, input, and opinions about the freshwater resources found in NJ.
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