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Posted on July 29, 2010 | Permalink

Gooses Fish Haven received its much awaited smart buoy

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Eastern
Location: Fish Haven (Dominion Reef), Mid Bay

I was out this past Tuesday doing some monitoring dives and underwater photography for Marty Gary and Erik Zlokovitz at the DNR and wanted to share this report with everyone. By the way, I really like the new weekly fishing report format.

This Tuesday the Gooses Fish Haven (Dominion Reef) in the mid Chesapeake Bay received its much awaited smart buoy. Many groups, M.A.R.I., Dominion energy, NOAA, National Park Service and the MDDNR played a part to add this new buoy to the existing network of buoys providing realtime data of bay conditions. Info can be accessed at 877-BUOYBAY and at http://www.buoybay.org/site/public/. Data like sea conditions, wind speed, water temps and dissolved O2 from this new buoy in the mid Bay will be helpful to boaters, fisherman and scientists.

A little background info on he site. Dominion Reef is made of recycled materials from the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project and is a popular fishing location. It attracts a large variety of fish and benthic life. I've attached some images of Tuesday's buoy deployment and some images of the fish we have encounter on monitoring dives on the site over the past 2 years. The reef has both some seeded oysters and some naturally occurring oysters, ghost anemones and during different times of the year crabs, black seabass, rockfish, spot, atlantic spadefish and bluefish are common.

Tags: Gooses Fish Haven, Dominion Reef, Striped Bass, Blue Crabs, Black Seabass, Spot, Atlantic Spadefish, Bluefish, MARI, Artificial Reef Initiative, Data Bouy