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May 31, 2018 2:41 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo Launches Artificial Reef Expansion In Ocean Off Shinnecock Inlet

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo discusses water quality as materials from the former Tappan Zee Bridge are put in the Shinnecock Reef in the ocean. AMANDA BERNOCCO
May 31, 2018 4:21 PM

With a giant splash, an excavator centered on a barge lowered material from the former Tappan Zee Bridge into the Atlantic Ocean—roughly 2 nautical miles from the Shinnecock Inlet—on Thursday afternoon, bolstering an underwater artificial reef.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said during a press conference that the reef will be made of 885 tons of materials from the former bridge, plus three decommissioned vessels—including a 74-foot tug boat and a 40-foot tender.

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos added that the materials have been cleaned and examined to make sure they have no contaminants before they were set in the water. He noted that once the expansion of the reef was complete, it would only be a matter of hours before the fish find it.

The reef measures 35-acres long and is 85 feet deep at its deepest point, according to Mr. Cuomo. Artificial reefs help improve existing habitats and, in turn, increase local marine biodiversity, stimulate more productive aquatic ecosystems, and promote environmental sustainability through fish habitat improvement.

But fish are not the only ones that are going to benefit from the artificial reef. Mr. Seggos noted that the fishing community has been eagerly waiting for the reef.

“They have been asking for it for 20 years,” Mr. Seggos said.

Mr. Cuomo added that the reef will also make the area a great diving site.

Maria Hults of Hampton Bays, who has been diving under the Ponquogue Bridge for more than 40 years, agreed with the governor.

“This is going to become the number one spot on Long Island,” she said.

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it says governot in the caption below the photos
By bmr80 (35), east quogue on May 31, 18 5:33 PM
Caption - ''Governot Andrew M. Cuomo discusses water quality as materials from the former Tappan Zee Bridge are put in the Shinnecock Reef in the Shinnecock Bay''. AMANDA BERNOCCO

Reef in Shinnecock Bay?
By C Law (354), Water Mill on Jun 1, 18 9:10 AM
its Governut
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Jun 1, 18 8:57 AM
Nice, son named bridge for DAD. Though not political???
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Jun 1, 18 5:49 PM