A Guide to Fishing and Diving New Jersey's Reefs
The Division of Fish and Wildlife is currently maintaining 17
reef sites in the ocean along the New Jersey coast as part of the Artificial Reef Program. These sites are located between 2 and 25 nautical miles offshore from Sandy Hook to Cape May.
are constructed by intentionally placing very heavy structures, such as old ships,
concrete debris, rock, obsolete army tanks and prefabricated concrete artificial
reef units on the sea floor. The structures are placed within areas designated
as reef sites by the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers.
Advisory to Commercial Fishermen and Marine Contractors
Regarding the Location of Sea Floor Structures
Reef sites should be avoided by operations using equipment on the sea floor,
such as commercial trawl, net and dredge fisheries, cable or pipeline projects
and sand or mineral mining projects. Reef structures may impede, entangle or destroy
sea floor equipment and endanger operators. The use of heavy equipment on reef
sites may cause damage to and move reef structures as well. Structures dragged
outside reef boundaries by commercial fishing gear or other activities become
unknown, uncharted hazards to all sea floor operations.
This notice applies to all of New Jerseys 15 reef sites. All of the reef
sites have been plotted as "Fish Havens" on current NOAA nautical charts.
Fish havens (reef sites) are delineated as blue-shaded areas on NOAA nautical
charts. Please retain this notice on your vessel and refer to appropriate nautical
charts to identify the location of reefs in the area of ocean you are working.
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REEF CHARTS, COORDINATES and MATERIALS (Charts are listed north to south)
NOTE: Some charts have information about species typically found on the reefs; these are noted below.
NJ Artificial Reef Network Location Map (pdf, 875kb)
Sandy Hook (pdf, 135kb) - Bluefish
Shark River (pdf, 100kb)
Sea Girt (pdf, 130kb)
Manasquan Inlet (pdf, 140kb)
Axel Carlson (pdf, 155kb)
Barnegat Light (pdf, 115kb)
Garden State North (pdf, 205kb) - Scup
Garden State South (pdf, 175kb) - Cunner
Little Egg (pdf, 125kb) - Gray Triggerfish
Atlantic City (pdf, 270kb)
Great Egg (pdf, 125kb) - Black Sea Bass
Ocean City (pdf, 95kb)
Townsends Inlet (pdf, 125kb) - Rock Crab and Summer Flounder
Deepwater (pdf, 110kb)
Wildwood (pdf, 95kb)
Cape May (pdf, 195kb) - Tautog
Del-Jerseyland Offshore (pdf, 165kb)
Del-Jerseyland Inshore (pdf, 175kb)
Reef coordinates in Digital Global Positioning System (DGPS) using dd.mm.mmm (degrees, minutes and thousandths of minutes) are available in PDF format. Coordinates in the traditional dd.mm.ss (degrees, minutes, seconds) format and LORAN C are available by calling 609-748-2020.
Site Locations in DGPS (pdf, 19kb)