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NJ plans new reef solely for recreational fishing

Local News | Mar 22, 2013

NJ plans new reef solely for recreational fishing

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey plans to create a new artificial fishing reef north of Barneget Inlet exclusively for the use of recreational fishermen.

It’s the result of a compromise announced Thursday in a dispute between recreational and commercial fishing interests over access to artificial reefs off the coast.

Under the plan, commercial fishermen will have continued access to portions of two reefs in state waters off Sandy Hook and Manasquan.

State officials say the agreement is expected to resolve federal concerns that commercial fishing is intruding on and hampering recreational fishing in artificial reefs in state waters. The reefs are funded by excise taxes on recreational fishing gear and motor boat fuel.

The new reef will encompass about a square mile of ocean floor and is expected to take one to two years to design and build.