Sea Grant

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Supports education and research to improve coastal human and ecological communities

US Fish & Wildlife Service

Department of the Interior

Protect all fish and wildlife, including endangered, threatened, and species of special concern. Interested in sufficient stakeholder participation, and in protecting red knots (US threatened species), as well as other shorebirds. Currently developing management plans and goals for knot protection. Also interested in encouraging public use of beaches and intertidal habitats

Endangered and Nongame Program

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (Division of Fish and Wildlife)

Protect all wildlife in New Jersey, including endangered, threatened and species of special concern. Manages declining populations, and provides data to aid in management decisions. Interested in the horseshoe crab?shorebird interactions from a community perspective. Provides funds and personal for research with interactions between shorebirds and people, and different types of recreation. Oversees beach stewards, and engages in public education for recreationists. Monitors shorebird presence to understand which areas need protection

Local Municipalities

Local towns along the Delaware Bay (mayors, and other officials)

Participate in the closing of beaches, education, and aid with restoration and management, while encouraging recreation both for their residents and/or economic interests

New Jersey Audubon

New Jersey Audubon

Protection of shorebirds (including the red knot), the health of the beaches and intertidal habitat. Education of recreationists about for red knot habitat needs. Conducts research on interactions of recreationists and shorebirds

Other Independent Conservation Groups: New Jersey Conservation Foundation, Littoral Society, Defenders of Wildlife, Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ, CU-Maurice River

Independently funded

Main interest is in preserving and protecting populations of shorebirds (focused on red knot as a keystone species), horseshoe crabs, and the keystone role of horseshoe crabs in the ecosystem. Conducts research, and aids in research efforts, both on the Bay and elsewhere in the U.S. and South America