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The Shark River is located in Monmouth County. Tidal waters enter the Shark River via the Shark River Inlet. There are numerous freshwater influences Shark River including Shark River Stream, Jumping Brook, Musquash Brook, and Laurel Gully Brook, and Heroy’s Stream. The Shark River is bordered the following municipalities: Avon-by-the-Sea, Neptune City, Neptune Township, Wall Township and Belmar Borough. In total, the Shark River is about 11 miles long and has approximately 800 acres of shellfish growing waters.

Status: The Shark River is classified as Restricted; no harvesting for direct market is allowed in Restricted waters. Shellfish harvest is currently suspended in portions of the Shark River (see adjacent map), totaling 266.7 acres. Please see the Public Notice for more information. Special sampling and monitoring, with help from local municipalities and the Department of Transportation, is being conducted to find and correct potential pollution sources to the Shark River.

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