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Marine Fisheries - Diving NC Reefs

Marine Fisheries

Reef diver

Diving N.C. Reefs

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In recent years, artificial reefs have contributed significantly to the growth of recreational scuba diving in North Carolina waters. The diversity of fish and the interesting assortment of material types make North Carolina artificial reefs favorite areas for divers to visit. North Carolina offers world-class diving opportunities and is often hailed as the top wreck-diving destination in North America. Besides sight-seeing, sport divers visit artificial reefs to explore history and enjoy underwater photography, videography, spear fishing and more.

Diving conditions on North Carolina's artificial reefs vary greatly, but water temperatures, visibility and weather conditions are most favorable between June and October. With summer water temperatures hovering in the mid-80s and visibility of more than 100 feet, North Carolina artificial reefs can offer Caribbean-like diving without the lengthy travel. However, conditions are not always this favorable. Currents and visibility are dependent upon weather conditions, water depth, distance offshore, tidal stage, time of year and many other factors. Divers should always use caution when planning trips, as water temperatures may be as cold as 50 degrees in the winter, visibility may be reduced to a foot or less and currents may be strong. Choose days wisely and enjoy.

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