New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife: Overview and Contacts

Leadership and Administration

  • Governor: Philip D. Murphy
  • Lieutenant Governor: Sheila Y. Oliver
  • Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner: Shawn M. LaTourette
  • Assistant Commissioner, NJ DEP Fish & Wildlife: Dave Golden
  • Assistant Directors: Lisa Barno, Ginger Kopkash
  • Administrator, Marine Resources Administration: Joe Cimino
  • Chief, Information and Education: Al Ivany
  • Chief, Wildlife Management: Carole Stanko
  • Chief, Marine Fisheries: Jeff Brust
  • Chief, Shellfisheries: Russell Babb
  • Chief, Law Enforcement: Frank T. Panico
  • Chief, Freshwater Fisheries: Shawn Crouse
  • Chief, Land Management: Jason Hearon
  • Acting Chief, Endangered and Nongame Species: Kathy Clark
  • Chief, Business Administration: Kim Springer
  • Co-Editors: Linda DiPiano & Alanna Newmark

New Jersey Fish and Game Council

  • Chair: Frank Virgilio
  • Members: Jim DeStephano, Mitchell Jones, Ed Kertz, Dr. Rick Lathrop, Robert Pollock, Robert Puskas, Loren Robinson, Ken Whildin

Mission and Goals

  • Mission: To protect, manage, and wisely use New Jersey’s fish and wildlife resources.
  • Goals:
    • Maintain stable, healthy levels of diverse fish and wildlife species.
    • Educate on the values and needs of fish and wildlife.
    • Foster positive human/wildlife coexistence.
    • Maximize recreational and commercial use of fish and wildlife for present and future generations.

Contact Information

  • Address: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Fish & Wildlife, MC 501-03, P.O. Box 420, Trenton, NJ 08625-0420
  • Website:
  • Email List Sign-Up: Email Lists
  • Social Media: Visit NJ Fish & Wildlife on various platforms.

Non-Discrimination Policy

New Jersey DEP Fish & Wildlife, receiving federal assistance from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, adheres to non-discrimination policies based on race, color, national origin, disability, age, and sex as per various federal acts and amendments.

Reporting Discrimination

  • Contact: NJDEP Fish & Wildlife, MC501-03, P.O. Box 420, Trenton, NJ 08625-0420, Telephone: (609) 292-9410.
  • Department of the Interior: Office of Civil Rights, 1849 C Street, NW, Washington, DC 20240.

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