History of the Fisheries of Raritan Bay, New York and New Jersey

MacKenzie, Jr., Clyde L. (1990) History of the Fisheries of Raritan Bay, New York and New Jersey. Marine Fisheries Review, 52(4), pp. 1-45.

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Raritan Bay is the body of water bounded by New York and New Jersey and lying immediately south of New York City (Fig. 1). It has close proximity to the most concentrated urban and industrial area in the United States. Its history has been one of extensive multiple use by the surrounding human population. Dating from the precolonial and colonial periods, people have employed many types of gear to catch and gather its once abundant fishes and shellfishes. Its beaches were once popular for sun bathing and swimming, but after the 1940's they were essentially abandoned because the water became too polluted. Another large use has been for pleasure boating and the transit and dockage of merchant, passenger, and military vessels. Channels and basins were dug in the bay, bulkheads and jetties were constructed along its shores, and it was a donor source of sand and gravel for construction projects. It has also been a receptor for large quantities of domestic and industrial wastes and, mainly for this reason, it is one ofthe most deteriorated estuaries in the United States.

Item Type: Article
Title: History of the Fisheries of Raritan Bay, New York and New Jersey
Personal Creator/Author:
MacKenzie, Jr., Clyde L.
Refereed: Yes
Journal or Publication Title: Marine Fisheries Review
Volume: 52
Number: 4
Page Range: pp. 1-45
Date: 1990
ISSN: 0090-1830
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Education
Item ID: 9928
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2012 13:52
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2012 13:52
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/9928

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