Fishing and scuba diving fans are getting two new locations to explore in New Jersey. The state plans to build two artificial reefs to boost the state’s tourism economy and recreational fishing industry.

One reef will be built about 9 nautical miles southwest of the mouth of Cumberland County’s Maurice River. It will be the first reef site in the Delaware Bay and will occupy a little more than a square mile of bay floor, at depths ranging from 23 to 35 feet. The other will be located approximately two nautical miles southeast of Manasquan, just north of Point Pleasant Beach.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will build the reefs over the next 10 years, as suitable materials – including rocks, concrete, steel and old ships and barges – become available.

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