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Sea Girt Reef to Receive 7000 Tons of Concrete

The Sea Girt Reef Site, located approximately 3.4 miles east of Sea Girt in Monmouth County and part of the division's Artificial Reef Program, received its first two deck barge loads of concrete block and rubble of a scheduled four. The concrete pictured below came from a retaining wall situated along the East River in New York City.

Concrete bulldozed off barge
Concrete Deployment Sea Girt Reef
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Soon this 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 (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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For the exact location of the newly constructed reef, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope 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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