Lionel A. Walford Library, James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory
A junk car is painted with an identifier (A9) before it is dumped at the Shrewsbury Rocks artificial reef site. The barge is transporting the eight cars for the Laboratory project “Operation Junk Car.” In August 1966, the cars were towed and dumped at Shrewsbury Rocks and then cabled together to create an artificial reef habitat. “Operation Junk Car” was the Laboratory’s first major experimental artificial reef project aimed at developing habitat for coastal fish, while addressing a growing scrap problem in the country. The Laboratory collaborated with the American Littoral Society and the Army Corps of Engineers for “Operation Junk Car.”
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This item is part of a collection of materials, including photographic prints, slides, and negatives, that were maintained in various locations their origination in the late 1960's, and/or donated to the Library upon staff retirement. All materials are part of within the James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory since the Laboratory's Lionel A. Walford Library permanent collection.