“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Sandy Hook in Monmouth County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

NOAA Fisheries Service

James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory

NOAA Fisheries Service Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 14, 2012
1. NOAA Fisheries Service Marker
Established in September 1961, the Sandy Hook Marine Laboratory was the first Federal scientific laboratory devoted solely to research on marine recreational fish and fishing. It was originally located on the bay approximately 300 ft from here in the former Ft. Hancock Post hospital building. The 1959 passage of the Marine Game Fish Act enabled the beginning of the Bureau of Sport Fisheries and Wildlife, and the naming of the Laboratoryís first director, vanguard biologist Dr. Lionel A. Walford. The laboratory was incorporated into the new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) within the U.S. Department of Commerce in 1970.

On September 21, 1985, the Laboratory suffered a tragic loss when fire destroyed its original building, built in 1899, along with years of pre-electronic research data, and a 35,000 volume library.

The laboratoryís current mission is to conduct research and understand the effects of environmental variability and human disturbances on fish and shellfish productivity relative to habitat.

Research emphasizes resource species of commercial or recreational value such as bluefish, weakfish, flounders, and shellfish.

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Founder † Dr. Lionel A. Walford

Today the laboratory, named for Congressman James Howard, a staunch supporter of maintaining
Marker at Fort Hancock image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 14, 2012
2. Marker at Fort Hancock
a Federal marine presence here in New Jersey, is comprised of two buildings: Bldg. 74, a restored former Ft. Hancock enlisted menís barracks constructed in 1909, and a new (1993) laboratory building across the street, designed to complement original Ft. Hancock architecture. The new and renovated spaces contain modern laboratories, and a 32,000 gallon aquarium with running seawater from the bay, supporting 22 seawater labs. A control room contains computers for configuring, controlling and monitoring the lighting and seawater systems. Dedicated laboratory suites support chemical and microbiological research. The facility houses the Lionel A. Walford Library which is noted for its collection of fisheries-related archives and journals.

Researchers from this laboratory have authored thousands of scientific publications.
Location. 40° 27.507′ N, 74° 0.161′ W. Marker is in Sandy Hook, New Jersey, in Monmouth County. Marker is on Magruder Road, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located in the Fort Hancock area in the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area. Marker is at or near this postal address: 74 Magruder Road, Highlands NJ 07732, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Company, Attention! (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line);
NOAA Fisheries Service Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 14, 2012
3. NOAA Fisheries Service Marker
This Is Why Itís Called Sandy Hook! (about 400 feet away); Sandy Hook Barracks Building #22 Built 1899 (about 400 feet away); Just Like A Small Town (about 400 feet away); New York Yankees vs. Hometown Sluggers (about 500 feet away); The Dead House (about 700 feet away); The Best of Care (about 800 feet away); Hospital Stewardís Quarters (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Sandy Hook.
More about this marker. Several photographs appear on the marker, including images of the laboratories, a photo of the former Fort Hancock base hospital and a portrait of Congressman James Howard.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 341 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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