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Governor Cuomo grows artificial reef network with addition of 16 rail cars to Atlantic Beach Reef

Christian Fernsby ▼ | October 20, 2020
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the deployment of 16 rail cars to the Atlantic Beach Reef during the third year of New York's historic expansion of artificial reefs off the shores of Long Island.
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The Governor directed this strategic deployment of rail cars another 16 of the 75 total rail cars donated by Wells Fargo Rail Corporation to Atlantic Beach Reef to improve New York's diverse marine life and boost Long Island's recreational and sport fishing and diving industries.

In September, the tug "Jane,"16 rail cars, and a steel turbine were dropped on Hempstead Reef, the first of multiple reef deployments in 2020.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) manages the state's 12 artificial reefs, which include two reefs in Long Island Sound, two in the Great South Bay, and eight in the Atlantic Ocean.

Materials used for the reef expansion are being strategically placed and include hard, durable structures such as rock, concrete, and steel.