N. J. to create new artificial reef for recreational fishermen

Posted: March 23, 2013

TRENTON - New Jersey plans to create an artificial fishing reef north of Barnegat Inlet exclusively for recreational fishermen.

It's the result of a compromise announced Thursday by the Department of Environmental Protection in a dispute between recreational and commercial fishing interests over access to artificial reefs.

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

But a debate continues on who should have access to 13 reefs in federal waters off New Jersey, with the state seeking to bar commercial gear even there.

State officials said the agreement is expected to resolve federal concerns that commercial fishing is intruding on and hampering recreational fishing in artificial reefs in state waters, which extend to three miles offshore.

comments powered by Disqus
|
|
|
|
|