Atlantic Highlands in Monmouth County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Raritan Bay & New York Harbor
Industry & Trade
—Maritime History —
On warm summer days, commercial fishing boats, container ships, sport fishing, pleasure, and military vessels, as well as dredgers and barges crowd the harbor. Smaller sport fishing boats must constantly be on guard to avoid collisions.
A Decline in Commercial Fishing Activities
Although New Jersey’s rich tidal estuaries produces some of the best fishing waters in the country, environmental and physical changes in the Raritan Bay – New York Harbor area have caused commercial fishing activities to gradually decline. The adverse effect of pollution on fish eggs and larvae has endangered the fisheries. The mending process will be slow and has required some tough decisions. However, as the new millennium begins, the bay is already cleaner than it was twenty years earlier.
Erected by National Park Service, State of New Jersey.
Location. 40° 24.465′ N, 74° 0.271′ W. Marker is in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey Click for map. Marker is located at the Mount Mitchill Scenic Overlook. Marker is at or near this postal address: 460 Ocean Boulevard, Atlantic Highlands NJ 07716, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Longshore Sediment Movement (a few steps from this marker); Friends of Monmouth County 9/11 Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Highest Point on the Atlantic Seaboard (within shouting distance of this marker); Captain Joshua Huddy — Prisoner of War (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Hartshorne Legacy (approx. 0.6 miles away); Henry Hudson Springs (approx. 0.8 miles away); British Campsite (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named British Campsite (approx. 1.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Atlantic Highlands.
More about this marker. Three photographs appear along the bottom of the marker. On the left is a picture of sailboats on the water with the caption “Sailing races on Raritan Bay have been popular with local residents for many years. (Photograph obtained through Maid of Perth, Perth Amboy, NJ)” Next to this is a picture of women at the shoreline and has the caption “A day of sun and relaxation on the bay for this group of turn-of-the-century
Also see . . .
1. New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route. National Park Service website. (Submitted on September 25, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Mount Mitchill Scenic Overlook. Monmouth County Park System website. (Submitted on September 25, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels •
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