Since 1984, the Bureau of Marine Fisheries has been involved in an intensive program of artificial reef construction and biological monitoring. Artificial reefs in ocean waters along the New Jersey coast provide a habitat for fish, shellfish and crustaceans, fishing grounds for anglers, and underwater structures for scuba divers. This past Wednesday, the famed ‘Perfect Storm’ rescue ship, the Tamaroa, was sunk off the coast of New Jersey to become part of an artificial reef that is enhancing fishing opportunities off the coast of New Jersey and Delaware. Peter Clarke sat down with Bob Bostock to discuss the sinking of the Tamaroa as well as New Jersey’s Artificial Reef Program.
- Click here to get more information on New Jersey’s Artificial Reef Program.
- Click here to read DEP’s press release on the sinking of the Tamaroa.
- Click here to watch the sinking of the Tamaroa.
- Click here for a detailed U.S. Coast Guard history of the Tamaroa.
- Click here for more on Delaware’s Artificial Reef Program.