Anglers at the Jersey Shore say beach replenishment ruins fishing spots

Fishermen at the Jersey Shore say many prime spots have been ruined by dumping sand over them during replenishment projects post-Sandy. (4/28/14)

ASBURY PARK - Fishermen at the Jersey Shore say many prime spots have been ruined by dumping sand over them during replenishment projects post-Sandy.

They say the crevices in the jetties once served as breeding grounds for fish and now are being covered over with sand.

"I think it's terrible," says James Jackson, a fisherman from Asbury Park. "I mean, we've been fishing here for years and now we're back to Ground Zero.  Everybody's got to find a new spot, feel it all out all over again. And they're still not done."

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Anglers have long tried to persuade the federal government to find a way to replenish beaches without covering the jetties. The Army Corp of Engineers says the project is intended to protect lives and property.

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