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Barnegat Light Reef Site to Receive 1,300 Tons of Concrete Castings

Approximately 1,300 tons of concrete castings consisting of junction boxes and large-diameter pipe will be spread out over a 46-acre portion of the Barnegat Light Reef Site, part of the division's Artificial Reef Program, on June 13, 2006, weather permitting. The concrete will provide 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.

By fall, sea bass, tautog, scup, triggerfish and summer flounder will colonize the new reef. It will then become a favorite target of anglers coming out of Barnegat Inlet.
Fully colonized artificial reef structure
Fully Colonized Concrete (photo courtesy Herb Segars)
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If you would like to know the exact location of the new patch reef, send a stamped self-addressed enveloped to:

Reef Program
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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Last Updated: June 8, 2006