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Deployments Slated for Garden State North and Garden State South Reef Sites

November 25, 2009

A total of 325 reef balls constructed at the Southern State Correctional Facility will be deployed on the Garden State North and Garden State South Reefs on December 3, 2009. The designed habitats, similar to small igloos in style, are constructed as part of the NJ DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Artificial Reef Program.

The goal of the Artificial Reef Program is to provide habitat for structure dependent fishes, create fishing grounds for hook and line anglers, and create attractions for scuba divers. Transportation of the reef balls from Southern State Correctional Facility to the reefs will be provided by NorthStar Sea Tow. The fabrication and transport of the reef balls to the reefs is funded through the Federal Aid In Sportfish Restoration Program.

The target date for deployment is subject to weather and sea conditions. For more information about the Artificial Reef Program, including past and planned deployments visit:

Commercial fishers who set lobster and fish pots in the locations listed below should remove their gear from the area or risk losing trawls by the deployments:

Garden State North

39 37.500’
74 01.900’

39 37.600’
74 02.000’

39 37.850’
74 01.950’

39 37.200’
74 02.300’

Garden State South

39 33.700’
74 06.800’

39 33.500’
74 06.800’

39 33.600’
74 06.700’

39 33.725’
74 07.000’

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Last Updated: November 25, 2009