Perth Amboy in Middlesex 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
Location. 40° 29.97′ N, 74° 16.041′ W. Marker is in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, in Middlesex County. Marker is on Water Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located at the Perth Amboy waterfront. Marker is in this post office area: Perth Amboy NJ 08861, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. All Shapes, Sizes and Materials (within shouting distance of this marker); Ambo Point (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Water Highway (about 600 feet away); The Bluff: Witness to History (about 700 feet away); Kearny Cottage: Historic Home (approx. ¼ mile away); Elizabeth Lawrence (approx. ¼ mile away); Kearny Cottage (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Kearny Cottage (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Perth Amboy.
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 bathing beauties. Pollution, flowing from refineries and factories on the northern and western shores of Raritan Bay nearly half a century ago, prompted local officials to post adviseries about swimming and eating fish or shellfish that are caught here.” Under the sidebar is a picture of some commercial fishing boats. It has a caption of “By the late 1980s, commercial fishing in the Raritan Bay had declined sharply and the fleet now comprise only a small minority of the marine vessels seen in the bay and harbor area.”
Also see . . . New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route. National Park Service website. (Submitted on June 16, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 15, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 472 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 15, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.