Anglers at the Jersey Shore say beach replenishment ruins fishing spots
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.