The 13 artificial reefs that sit outside of three miles on the New Jersey coastline could get a Special Management Zone designation.

The NY Harbor Charlie was sunk as an artificial reef at New Jersey's Axel Carlson Reef. Courtesy NJDEP.The designation would allow for restrictive gear rules on the reefs that would limit the taking of fish to hook and line and spear only. It would prohibit commercial fisherman from the use of fixed pots or trap gear.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection petitioned the Mid-Atlantic Marine Fisheries Council to designate the 13 artificial reef sites as Special Management Zones last November.

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