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Vessel Deployment Scheduled for Wildwood Reef


September 9, 2016
Updated September 22, 2016
Updated October 20, 2016

Deployment will be during the next suitable weather window and sea conditions.

The Lisa Kim, a 115' former surf clam vessel, is slated for deployment on September 16, 2016 on the Wildwood Reef. The Wildwood Reef site is located 8.3 nautical miles northeast of Cape May Inlet. This vessel is being sunk as part of the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife's Artificial Reef Program.

Once the vessel is sunk it will soon become a home for 150 species of fish and marine life, a fishing ground for anglers and an underwater attraction for scuba divers. The vessel will continue to serve the fishing industry for at least another 70 years.

The target deployment location is: 38 57.900'   74 41.050'

Anglers should stay a safe distance away while the vessel is being anchored in place and scuttled.

Commercial fishers who have gear in this area during the time of deployment must move it or risk having it destroyed.

The target date for deployment of September 16, 2016, is subject to weather and sea conditions. For further information regarding the deployment of the vessel contact biologists Hugh Carberry or Peter Clarke at 609-748-2020.

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

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Last Updated: October 20, 2016