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Vessel Deployments at Little Egg and Manasquan Inlet Reefs


January 19, 2021

Video - Little Egg Reef Tug Deployment

On January 14, 2021, Bureau of Marine Fisheries staff expanded New Jersey's reef network through a deployment of four new items off New Jersey's coast as a part of the Artificial Reef Program. A 200-foot-long barge, along with a 45-foot tugboat and 40-foot push boat, were deployed at the Little Egg Reef site. These three deployments bring the total number of deployments at that reef to 79. They are located at the following coordinates:

39° 28.340 x 074° 11.083

Boats to be deployed on Little Egg Reef

The Little Egg Reef deployments were sponsored by the Beach Haven Charter Boat Association's Junior Mate Program with donations by The Sportfishing Fund.

A 65-foot tugboat was sunk at the Manasquan Inlet Reef. This vessel represents the 5th deployment on the Manasquan Inlet Reef and is located at the following coordinates:

40° 04.784 x 073° 59.420

Tugboat to be deployed on Manasquan Reef
The Manasquan Inlet Reef deployment was sponsored by the Manasquan River Marlin and Tuna Club with donations by The Sportfishing Fund. This deployment was in memory of past M.R.M.T.C. Lifetime Member John Geiges. John Geiges plaque

Artificial reef deployments become home to more than 150 marine organisms including black sea bass, tautog, summer flounder, lobsters, crabs, and mussels. They will surely also become prime destinations for SCUBA divers and fishermen alike.

Fully colonized artificial reef structure
A Fully Colonized Reef Structure
(photo courtesy Herb Segars)
Click to enlarge

For more information, please visit the Artificial Reef Program page or contact NJ Reef Program Coordinator Peter Clarke at 609-748-2020.

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Last Updated: January 19, 2021