Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association to Begin Work on Local Reef Development | Local News
The Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association has started work on a reef in Little Egg Harbor that is underdeveloped and needs help, association president Captain John Lewis said last week.
The association seeks to protect marine fauna in part by making reef balls. The reef balls are concrete and shaped like an igloo with multiple holes for fish and other marine life to swim through them.
Once a reef ball has helped a reef grow, it attracts all types of marine life such as moat, sea bass, blackbirds, etc., according to Lewis. The ultimate goal of a reef ball is to provide habitat, shelter, and a food source for the marine ecosystem to thrive on an otherwise barren seabed.
The association and its Junior Mate program are heavily involved in the creation of artificial reefs in local waters. He briefly sought to use the rubble from the demolition of the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino this year to create or add a reef, but abandoned that plan due to a lack of usable material.
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Tuesday morning, despite rough seas, the association went out to work on the Little Egg reef, dropping reef balls made by a Florida company.
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection anchored a floating ball to mark the location of the reef, and a vessel released 16 reef balls into the area. 16 more bullets will be deployed to the nearby Garden State South reef starting this week, Lewis said.