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Atlantic Highlands in Monmouth County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Raritan Bay & New York Harbor

Industry & Trade

 

—Maritime History —

 
Raritan Bay & New York Harbor Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2009
1. Raritan Bay & New York Harbor Marker
Inscription. Boating is a popular activity on Raritan and Sandy Hook bays. These waters provide both shelter from and access to the Atlantic Ocean. Over the past three centuries, maritime traffic in the Raritan Bay – New York Harbor area has increased significantly.

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.

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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
Marker in Atlantic Highlands image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2009
2. Marker in Atlantic Highlands
The marker is part of the New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route.
, in Monmouth County. Marker can be reached from Ocean Blvd, on the right when traveling north. Touch 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). Touch for a list and map 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
View from the Marker Raritan Bay & New York Harbor Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2009
3. View from the Marker Raritan Bay & New York Harbor Marker
This photo, taken from the marker, gives a fine view of Sandy Hook, Raritan Bay, and New York Harbor. New York City can be seen in the background.
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 . . .
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 & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
9/11 Memorial Sculpture image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2009
4. 9/11 Memorial Sculpture
Mount Mitchill Scenic Overlook is also home to the Monmouth County 9/11 memorial. This monument, located within sight of the marker, honors the 147 Monmouth county residents who lost their lives in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 25, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 918 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 25, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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