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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: Aug. 20, 2018
Phone: 252-726-7021

Construction of new artificial reefs begins

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MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Artificial Reef Program will begin construction this week on two estuarine artificial reefs.

Later this month or in early September, the Artificial Reef Program plans to sink a tugboat in the ocean off Pine Knoll Shores.

The estuarine reefs are new reefs that will be constructed using concrete reef balls, one in Bogue Sound just outside of Spooner’s Creek in Morehead City (AR-380) and the other near the mouth of the White Oak River in Cedar Point (AR-381).

The Artificial Reef Program will sink the retired tugboat, Fort Fisher, on the existing AR-320. This reef site already contains concrete bridge rubble, steel bridge trusses, and a 140-foot vessel.

Boaters and other water users should use caution if they see the construction activity in the below areas:

Reef

Latitude

Longitude

AR-380 34 43.110’ N 76 48.020’ W
AR-381 34 40.419’ N 77 06.532’ W
AR-320 34 39.533’ N 76 48.417’ W

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 68 artificial reefs, located from estuarine waters to 38 miles from shore. They are situated so that they can be reached from every maintained inlet in the state.

For more information, contact Artificial Reef Program Coordinator Jordan Byrum at 252-808-8036 or Jordan.Byrum@ncdenr.gov.

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