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Marine Fisheries - nr-56-2019 AR 197

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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: Aug. 13, 2019
Phone: 252-726-7021

Marine Fisheries schedules public informational meeting
about artificial reef near Roanoke Island

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MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Artificial Reef Program will hold a public informational meeting about an upcoming artificial reef project at AR-197, off Dare County. The meeting will be held Aug. 29 at 6 p.m. at the Dare County Board of Commissioners Meeting Room in the Dare County Administration Building, 954 Marshall C. Collins Drive in Manteo.

AR-197 is located approximately 1.5 nautical miles north of Roanoke Island. The Artificial Reef Program plans to use about 1,600 tons of rock to create low-relief ridges and mounds that will be home to inshore species such as speckled trout and striped bass.

An artificial reef is a manmade underwater structure, typically built to promote marine life in areas with a generally featureless bottom. In North Carolina, they serve as crucial spawning and foraging habitat for many commercially and recreationally important fish species.

The Division maintains 43 ocean artificial reefs, which are located from one-half mile to 38 miles from shore and are situated so that they can be reached from every maintained inlet in the state.

For more information about AR-197 or other artificial reefs in North Carolina, see the Division of Marine Fisheries’ Artificial Reef Program webpages or contact Jordan Byrum at 252-808-8036.

WHO: N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Artificial Reef Program
WHAT: Information Meeting about enhancement at AR-197
WHEN: Aug. 29 at 6 p.m.
WHERE:
Dare County Board of Commissioners Meeting Room
Dare County Administration Building
954 Marshall C. Collins Drive, Manteo

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