Tugboat sunk off New Jersey to become artificial reef
The Fish and Wildlife Division of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection recently arranged for the sinking of the Vinik Huntress 65-foot tugboat to become a part of the Sandy Hook Reef site.
The tugboat now lies at the following coordinates in 58 feet of water, with a vertical relief of 25 feet: 40 * 21541 x 073 * 56.006.
The Bureau of Marine Fisheries has participated in an intensive artificial reef construction program since 1984.
The aim is to establish a network of artificial reefs in ocean waters along the coast of New Jersey to provide a hard substratum for fish, shellfish and crustaceans, anglers' fishing grounds, and scuba divers' underwater structures.
Vessels and structures are inspected by the United States after being emptied of all machinery and fluids, and thoroughly cleaned. Prior to sinking, the Coast Guard and DEP. The New Jersey employees expect the service life of this artificial reef to last over 75 years due to the thickness and quality of the steel used in their construction.
The sinking of this tugboat, the fourth on the Sandy Hook Reef site, is in memory of past member Darren Cardinal of Hudson River Fishermen's Association. The association and The Sportfishing Fund provided the sponsorship for this project.
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