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DEP delays sinking tanker for reef off LBI

By BERNARD VAUGHAN Staff Writer, (609) 978-2012/Press of Atlantic City

HARVEY CEDARS - The state Department of Environmental Protection has delayed sinking a decommissioned Navy tanker off the borough's coast until April, DEP spokesman Pete Boger said Thursday.

The tugboat company hired to bring the tanker to its final resting place is not available until April, Boger said.

Boger could not provide a date for the April sinking, which will depend largely on weather.

The sinking is part of the DEPs Artificial Reef Program.

The purpose of the program is to provide a haven for fish, shellfish and crustaceans, according to the DEP Web site:

The reef also provides ideal fishing grounds for anglers and underwater structures for scuba divers, it said.

The reefs are strategically located along the coast so that one site is within easy boat range of 12 New Jersey inlets, according to the Web site.

There are currently 14 artificial reef sites encompassing a total of 25 square miles of sea floor.

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