Sculpin Ledge

Sculpin ledge reef resides in Boston Harbor. It was created as part of the "Big Dig" project.

About the reef

In 1999, the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority (MTA) constructed Sculpin Ledge reef in Boston Harbor. This construction was part of Massachusetts’ “Big Dig” Project. MTA built the reef to provide mitigation for the destruction of blue mussel and American lobster habitats. The artificial reef creates a new ecosystem in the harbor. It serves as a habitat for blue mussels, lobster, and other shellfish. The reef site consists of 17 terrace-type modules and 6 boulder patch reefs.

Sculpin ledge map

Current status of the reef

The Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) tracks this site each year. Today, you can find a variety of fish species on the reef, including;

  • Blue Mussel 
  • Cunner 
  • Jonah Crab
  • Lobster
  • Skates
  • Winter flounder 

Additional Resources

Help Us Improve  with your feedback

Please do not include personal or contact information.