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Sea Girt and Axel Carlson Reefs to Receive Final Loads of Concrete Rubble In May


April 27, 2016
Updated June 1, 2016
Updated August 8, 2016

NOTE: Deployments will continue during August, 2016.

The Sea Girt and Axel Carlson Reefs, located offshore of Monmouth County and part of the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife's Artificial Reef Program, will receive 1,853 yards of concrete rubble from a seawall. Each reef will receive one load of approximately 930 cubic yards.

Concrete being deployed from barge
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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 location for the Axel Carlson Reef is:

40 00.900'    73 59.700'

The deployment location for the Sea Girt is:

40 07.450'    73 56.800'

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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