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Artificial Reef Deployments

Ed Bogaert Memorial Reef Video (Smoke II)

Boat sinking on artificial reef New Jersey's Artificial Reef Program provides a network of 15 artificial reefs in the ocean waters along the New Jersey coast. These reefs provide a hard substrate for fish, shellfish and crustaceans, fishing grounds for anglers, and underwater structures for scuba divers. The reefs are strategically located along the coast so that 1 site is within easy boat range of 12 New Jersey ocean inlets.

Artificial reefs are constructed by intentionally placing dense materials, such as old ships and barges, concrete and steel demolition debris and dredge rock on the sea floor within designated reef sites. Every deployment of these materials increases the complexity and productivity of a reef.

The links below are to information about upcoming and past deployments. For locations of reefs see the reef location page; for specific coordinates of a deployment please contact the Bureau of Marine Fisheries at 609-748-2022.

Planned Deployment(s)

arrow Dredge Rock Being Deployed at Shark River Reef Site (11/19/14)
arrow Reminder: Dredge Rock Being Deployed at Nine Reefs (Updated 8/19/11)

Previous Deployments

  2012
arrow Horseshoe Crab Sculpture Deployment Rescheduled for Thursday, August 30, 2012
 
  2011
arrow Retired Navy Destroyer Radford Now Part of Artificial Reef
 
  2010
arrow Four Hundred Reef Balls Slated for Deployment on the Cape May Reef
arrow Vessel Deployment Slated for Barnegat Light Reef
arrow Vessel Deployment Slated for the Townsends Inlet Reef Site
arrow Vessel Deployment Slated for the Axel Carlson Reef Site
 
  2009
arrow Deployments for Garden State North and Garden State South Reef Sites
 
  2008
arrow 500 Reef Balls Slated for Deployment on the Great Egg and Little Egg Reefs
arrow Subway Cars to Hit Bottom on Cape May Reef in August and September
arrow Vessel Deployment Planned for Early August
arrow Vessel Deployment Slated for When Conditions Permit
arrow Subway Cars Hit Bottom on Atlantic City Reef - April 22, 2008
 
    2007
arrow Reef Ball Additions on the Ocean City and Wildwood Reefs in 2007
arrow Vessel Deployment Slated for the Sea Girt Reef Site October 12, 2007
arrow 250 Reef Balls Slated For Deployment on the Wildwood Reef on Sept. 7, 2007
arrow Four Vessel Deployments Slated for August, 2007 (NOTE - Three deployments were postponed)
arrow Vessel Deployment Slated for the Ocean City Reef Site May 25, 2007
arrow Vessel Deployment Slated for the Axel Carlson Reef April 24, 2007
arrow Axel Carlson Reef to Receive 100 Tons of Buoy Sinkers in January and February, 2007
arrow Axel Carlson Reef to Receive 800 Tons of Concrete Pier Pedestals - February 23, 2007
 
  2006
arrow Ocean City Reef to Receive 8000 Tons of Concrete - October 24, 2006
arrow 34,000 Cubic Yards of Dredge Rock to be Deployed on the Shark River Reef - September 16 - October 15, 2006
arrow 5,000 Tons of Jetty Rock to be Deployed at the Sea Girt Reef August 28 September 18, 2006
arrow 700 Reef Balls Slated For Deployment on the Townsends Inlet Reef - August 23, 2006
arrow Vessel Deployment for Ocean City Reef Site - July 26, 2006
arrow Vessel Deployment for Townsends Inlet Reef Site - July 18, 2006
arrow 1,300 Tons of Concrete Castings for Barnegat Light Reef - June 13, 2006
arrow Sea Girt Reef to Receive 7000 Tons of Concrete - May 17, 2006

Townsend Inlet Reef Site Deployment Video Clip (.wmv format)

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