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Two barges set to be sunk on Barnegat Light Reef - njdiver - 07-20-2015

Vessel Deployments Scheduled for the Barnegat Light Reef

June 19, 2015

Two 50-foot deck barges have been slated for deployment on July 21, 2015 on the Barnegat Light Reef site located 3.1 nautical miles east of Barnegat Inlet as part of the division's Artificial Reef Program. The vessels were donated to the Reef Program by Kevin Coleman and were previously used for constructing marine bulkheads.

Once the vessels are sunk they will soon become a home for 150 species of fish and marine life, a fishing ground for anglers and an underwater attraction for scuba divers. The vessels will continue to serve the fishing industry for at least another 70 years.

The two deck barges will be sunk at the following locations within the Barnegat Light Reef:

1) 39 45.350' 74 01.600'
2) 39 45.500' 74 01.650'

Commercial fishers who have gear in this area during the time of deployment must move it or risk having it destroyed.

The target date for deployment of July 21 is subject to weather and sea conditions. For further information regarding the deployment of the vessel contact Hugh Carberry at 609-748-2022.

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Two barges set to be sunk on Barnegat Light Reef

John Oswald, @oswaldapp 5:39 p.m. EDT June 22, 2015

The NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife has announced that two 50-foot deck barges are scheduled to be sunk on July 21 on the Barnegat Light Reef as part of the division's artificial reef program.

The location of the deployment is 3.1 nautical miles east of Barnegat Inlet

The vessels were donated to the reef program by Kevin Coleman and were previously used for constructing marine bulkheads.

The division estimates the barges will continue to serve the fishing industry for at least another 70 years.

Once sunk, they will soon become a home for 150 species of fish and marine life, a fishing ground for anglers and an underwater attraction for scuba divers.

Commercial fishers who have gear in this area during the time of deployment must move it or risk having it destroyed.

The target date for deployment of July 21 is subject to weather and sea conditions. For further information regarding the deployment of the vessel contact Hugh Carberry at 609-748-2022.

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