The Center, which has the privilege of housing the only marine mammal stranding facility within New Jersey, is dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of stranded or otherwise stressed marine mammals and sea turtles.
The Marine Mammal Stranding Center, a private, non-profit organization, started in 1978 with a handful of volunteers and a C.E.T.A. grant, was founded, and is still directed by Robert Schoelkopf. He and his wife, Sheila Dean, along with a small paid staff and volunteers with a wide variety of talents and professional backgrounds, continue to work with the animals. Originally based in Gardnerâ€™s Basin in the inlet section of Atlantic City, the Center is now located on the barrier island of Brigantine, which borders coastal New Jerseyâ€™s largest wildlife refuge.
With a permit and authorization from the state and federal governments, the Center has responded to over 3450 strandings of whales, dolphins, seals and sea turtles that have washed ashore over the years. Even though these governments sanction the handling of strandings in New Jersey only, the Center is occasionally called upon to assist with animals in other states. All funding comes through donations, grants, memberships, and fund-raising efforts. Since there is no permanent funding at this time, your donations and membership dollars are vital. Your support will help the facility to expand and to care for the increasing number of animals. Without your assistance, these creatures have little hope of survival or rehabilitation.
The Blowhole is a publication of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center. It is an excellent source of information on the current yearâ€™s strandings, articles by knowledgeable employees, and a calendar of future events. Membership rates for children/seniors, families and businesses or organizations can be found on our membership/donation form. Although donations in excess of these amounts are gladly welcomed and appreciated. Membership includes a subscription to The Blowhole, and discounts on merchandise from the Centerâ€™s museum gift shop. To join or receive further information, please contact the Membership Secretary, Marine Mammal Stranding Center, PO Box 773, Brigantine, NJ 08203. Telephone: (609) 266-0538... more
The Boat Ramp is located at 5th St. South and Bayshore Avenue. A permit to use the ramp is required from May 15th to September 15th. (See fee table below. Also see note at bottom of page about Boat/Trailer parking.)
Permits are only sold at the boat ramp.
Boat ramp fees
Seasonal â€“ purchased in May $80.00
Seasonal â€“ starting 6/1 $130.00
Replace lost permit $30.00
Liscensed boats only. 6th Street North, 28th Street - 30th Street & 40th Street.
You must have a permit to launch from designated beach. The cost is $125.00/yr. In order to obtain a permit, applicant must have a copy of Face sheet of insurance policy (minimum $500,000 liability insurance required. Permit holders must follow rules and regulations of permit. Jet Skiing is permitted in the inlet side of the South Jetty as designated by appropriately posted signs.
Kayaking is permitted at the following beaches.
Adjacent to all Lifeguard protected beaches.
The North-end beaches (North of 15th Street North)
Absecon Inlet Beaches.
Area between Sandy Lane and Seaside Road lifeguard station.
26th Street South â€“ City Dock area.
Must have a permit, the cost is $150.00/yr. In order to obtain a permit applicant must have proof of Liability Insurance. The launch area is located from Neptune Drive to Club Drive.
Parking of Boats and/or Trailers
Parking shall be prohibited within the City of Brigantine from October 1st to May 1st. From May 1st to September 30th, boats and/or trailers can be parked on the street in front of the owners/lessees property. No parking of boats and/or trailers on Ocean Avenue at anytime.... more
You are able to drive on certain areas of the beach in Brigantine with a Four Wheel Drive vehicle, when you purchase a permit. 4 Wheel Drive Permits for the 2010 season can be purchased at the Beach Fee Office, located at the corner of 15th Street and Brigantine Avenue. The Office is open seven days a week from the hours are 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Driving a four-wheel drive is permitted on the beach, as long as a permit is obtained. (See fee table below.)
Applicants should present a valid driverâ€™s license, auto registration and proof of insurance.
Permit holders must follow rules and regulations of permit.
4 Wheel drive permit $175.00
Vehicle owners 60 & over $85.00
Replace lost permit $30.00... more
Beach tags are required from June 13th to Labor Day during the hours of 10:30am to 5:30pm.
Tags can be purchased at the Beach Fee Office, located at 15th Street and Brigantine Avenue from May 1st through September 1st. The Beach Fee Office is open 7 days a week from the hours of 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and can be reached by calling (609) 266-1122.
If the beach is in operation you can purchase tags on the beach from the inspectors.
Parking permits for municipal parking lots can be purchased for $25.00 for the Seasonal permit or $8.00 for daily permits.
Beach Tag Fees
Seasonal â€“ During May-$15.00
Seasonal â€“ Beginning June 1-$18.00
Senior 60 to 64 ($8.00 in May)-$18.00 after June 1
Senior over 65 and Children under 12-Free... more