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Sea Girt Reef to Receive Additional Concrete Rubble


September 11, 2015

The Sea Girt Reef, located offshore of Monmouth County and part of the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife's Artificial Reef Program, will receive three additional loads of concrete rubble from a seawall project in New York City. These deployments of 926 cubic yards of material are in addition to 2,778 cubic yards which were recently deployed.

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 Sea Girt Reef are:

1) 40 06.700'    73 57.200'
2) 40 07.250'    73 57.000'
3) 40 06.800'    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 deployments are 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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