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NJ: Great Egg Reef to Receive 6000 Cubic Yards of Demolition Concrete

The Great Egg Reef, located 8.0 nautical miles southeast of
Absecon Inlet, Atlantic County, will receive 6000 cubic yards of
demolition concrete, as part of the Division’s Artificial Reef
Program. The concrete is being obtained from the demolition of
Garden Pier near Absecon Inlet in Atlantic City. The intent of
deploying the concrete is to enhance the drift fishing area within
the reef site.

The concrete pedestals and pilings from the demolition,
amounting to 6000 cubic yards, will soon provide an attachment
surface for mussels, barnacles, hydroids, anemones, stony coral and
other invertebrates, which will quickly cover the structure with a
living carpet, providing the base of a productive marine food chain
(picture below). By summer, 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 Absecon and Great Egg

The demolition concrete will be deployed at the following three
locations on April 22, 2011:

1) 39 14.500′ 74 21.600′

2) 39 14.300′ 74 21.600′

3) 39 14.300′ 74 21.400′

Commercial fishers who have gear in this area must move it or
risk having it destroyed.

The deployment is subject to weather and sea conditions. For
further information on this deployment contact Hugh Carberry at

For information on past and planned deployments see the
Artificial Reef Deployments page


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