Good news for recreational anglers, divers and the shore economy.
The Austin, a 68′ trawler, is ready to be sunk on the Axel Carlson Reef when weather and sea conditions permit. This is the fourth additional deployment to the NJ Artificial Reef Program this year.
The Austin is being sunk in memory of John Grady III who passed in 2007. John was the son of John and Agatha Grady, 48 year residents of Brielle, NJ
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A little before 8 a.m. a small group of fishermen resumed a ritual that was nearly lost due to a territorial war.
They formed their boats into a semi-circle two miles off the coast of Point Pleasant Beach to watch a 65-foot former New York Harbor crew boat be purposely sunk on a reef. It was a perfect morning to do it.
The ocean Tuesday was as smooth as glass and visibility was such that the pastel colors of boardwalk amusements on shore and the tops of inland water towers could be discerned from the distance.
“Once she fills up with water she’s going to go down pretty quickly. The only question is, will she go bow up or transom up?” said Ken Warchal, a trustee of the Manasquan River Marlin and Tuna Club, the sport-fishing club that purchased the boat.
Full story here
Fishermen have fished the Manasquan Ridge for generations but now they fear it could be vacuumed up to build dunes on the beach
The appearance of the 123-foot offshore supply vessel Scarlett Isabella on the Manasquan Ridge is a bad omen to Capt. Jim Lovgren, a Point Pleasant Beach commercial fisherman.
The Scarlett was in the hire of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, which is looking for potential sand on the outer continental shelf that could be pumped up onto the Jersey beach. Tampering with these sand beds, which are long established fishing areas, could reshape the fishing communities at the Shore, fishermen say.
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Two Vessels Sunk, Eight More Slated for Deployment on New Jersey’s Artificial Reefs
After more than a five year hiatus, the Artificial Reef Program is back!
On June 1, the Sport Fish Restoration Program restored $159,000 to the program. This equates to $119,250 Federal and $39,750 State match for this year. The majority of this money will be utilized to pay salaries and to perform mandatory archeological surveys on two new reef sites the program is proposing off Manasquan Inlet and in Delaware Bay… Read the full story here