Coordinates


  A = 76 16’58.222” / 38 39’17.709”
  B = 76 16’54.495” / 38 39’17.742”
  C = 76 16’54.451” / 38 39’14.829”
  D = 76 16’58.167” / 38 39’14.796”


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The Cook Point Reefball Site
According to Clint Waters of the Dorchester MSSA, striped bass (rockfish), Atlantic croaker (hardhead), white perch, and spot have increased in numbers locally, since deployment of reef balls and oysters at the Cook Point Location.

History & Information

The Cook Pt. Reef site is a 2-acre area within the 17-Acre Cook Point Oyster Sanctuary. This site is adjacent to the Cook Point Airplane Wreck, which is a historically important area for sport fishing in the Choptank River Mouth Region. The area has been designated for placement of reef balls, and water depth is in the range of 20 - 26 feet. The reef ball site is 2 acres around one of the four shell piles in the sanctuary. The four shellfish piles are visible in the MGS side-scan image (the upper left is obscured by the coordinates). The reef ball side scan image is included here, along with underwater still shots and video of the site

CBF placed reef balls set with oysters and overplanted with spat-on-shell in 2008 & 2009, and expects to do so again in 2010. All of the oysters on the site were funded by a grant from Restore America’s Estuaries/ NOAA. Reef ball deployments were conducted in partnership with the Dorchester County Chapter of the MSSA. After 2010, the allowed area will need to be enlarged, hopefully taking in another of the hills.

According to Clint Waters of the Dorchester MSSA, striped bass (rockfish), Atlantic croaker (hardhead), white perch, and spot have increased in numbers locally, since deployment of reef balls and oysters.


Corner points from sidescan sonar image done by MGS/MARI, July 2008:

  A = 76 16’58.222” / 38 39’17.709”
  B = 76 16’54.495” / 38 39’17.742”
  C = 76 16’54.451” / 38 39’14.829”
  D = 76 16’58.167” / 38 39’14.796”


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