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Anglers: Sandy beach work ruins key fishing spots

Local News | Apr 28, 2014

Anglers: Sandy beach work ruins key fishing spots

ASBURY PARK, N.J. (AP) — Not everyone is happy that a massive project is underway to restore the Jersey shore’s beaches after Superstorm Sandy.

Fishing groups say the project is wrecking prime fishing spots by smothering parts of rock jetties with sand, destroying a unique angling opportunity that draws thousands of people to the state’s shoreline each year.

And they’re particularly perturbed by plans to cut off access to rock jetties sticking out into the surf. That work, called notching, is designed to ensure the uniform flow of sand along newly replenished beaches and to cut down on erosion.

Anglers say the jetties are irreplaceable spots to catch fish.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it wants to work with the fishermen on possible alternatives, as long as the project still works.