1996 Edition now available

(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association - July 1996 Newspaper)

Get your latest edition of this informative publication that will update you on the continuing artificial reef program in New Jersey. You will get the latest info about site selection, new wrecks in '95, and objectives of the Reef Program. If you would like to receive Reef News please contact:

Reef Program
Division of Fish, Game & Wildlife
P.O. Box 418
Port Republic, NJ 08241


According to the Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish, Game & Wildlife, the second issue of the Limited Edition New Jersey Marine Life Print is now available. The Marine Life Print is sponsored by the Artificial Reef Association, which is an organization of Party and Charter Boat captains dedicated to raising funds to support the construction of artificial reefs in the ocean along coastal New Jersey.

The full-color print, entitled "Stripers on the Rocks", depicts an underwater drama of striped bass attacking a school of menhaden on a shallow rock outcropping. The striped bass is one of New Jersey's premier gamefish. The original artwork was painted in oils by artist Diane Peebles, who has won the South Carolina Marine Life Stamp Print four times. Diane Peebles is an avid angler and has the first-hand experience needed to present a realistic view of wildlife in action. The edition is limited to 500 copies, each individually numbered and signed by the artist. Print size.

is 18" x 24" and is reproduced on acid-free archive-quality stock to ensure the best quality reproduction.

"These prints are an excellent investment in New Jersey's marine environment", said Bob McDowell, Director of the Division of Fish, Game & Wildlife. "All the proceeds from the sale of these prints will be used to create new homes for marine fish and shell fish." Print funds will be spent on cleaning and towing old ships and barges out to ocean reef sites where they will be scuttled. During the past 4 years, the Artificial Reef Association has donated enough funds to help the Division's reef Program sink 17 vessels and many other structures on 6 reef sites. Once on the sea floor, these new shipwrecks are quickly colonized by marine fish and shellfish. According to DEP Commissioner Robert Shinn, "Shipwrecks have always been important to New Jersey fishermen and scuba divers. Our Reef Program is trying to increase recreational opportunity by providing more structured habitat. Since 1983. More than 800 artificial reefs have been constructed on our network of 14 reef sites between Sandy Hook and Cape May."

The 1996 Limited Edition Marine Life Print would make an excellent gift for a fisherman, diver, collectors of wildlife prints or anyone who loves New Jersey's shore environment. The prints are available for $60, plus $5.00 for postage and handling (checks payable to "ARA") Please contact:

Artificial Reef Association
P.O. Box 16
Oceanville, NJ 08231

Editors Note: Copies of the 1996 Reef News, NJ Marine Life Catalogs and color photos of "Stripers on the Rocks" will be available to delegates at the June meeting of JCAA.

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