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Sea Girt and Axel Carlson Reefs to Receive 10,000 Tons of Concrete Bridge Rubble


March 11, 2015
Updated August 3, 2015

NOTE: As of August 3 the deployments are expected to continue through the month as more material continues to become available.

The Sea Girt and Axel Carlson Reefs, located offshore of Monmouth County and part of the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife's Artificial Reef Program, will receive 4,631 yards of concrete rubble from a seawall. The Axel Carlson Reef will receive two loads totaling 1,853 cubic yards and the Sea Girt Reef will receive three load totaling 2,778 cubic yards.

The concrete pictured below came from a similar project with rubble that occurred on the Ocean City Reef in 2002.

Reef deployment of concrete
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Once the concrete is deployed it will serve as an attachment surface for mussels, barnacles, hydroids, anemones, stony coral and other invertebrates, which will quickly cover the structures with a living carpet, providing the base of a productive marine food chain (picture below). By summer, the new reef will be colonized by sea bass, tautog, scup, triggerfish and summer flounder. It will then become a favorite target of anglers coming out of Manasquan Inlet.
Fully colonized artificial reef structure
Fully Colonized Concrete (photo courtesy Herb Segars)
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The deployment locations for the Axel Carlson Reef are:

1) 40 01.300'    73 59.800'
2) 40 00.900'    73 59.800'

The deployment locations for the Sea Girt are:

1) 40 08.100'    73 56.200'
2) 40 07.450'    73 56.950'
3) 40 07.300'    73 57.000'
Commercial fishers who have gear in this area during the time of deployment must move it or risk having it destroyed. The deployment schedule is subject to weather and sea conditions. For further information contact Hugh Carberry at 609-748-2022.
Reef Program
NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife
P.O. Box 418
Port Republic, NJ 08241

For information on past and planned deployments see the Artificial Reef Deployments page.

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