vessels, aircraft, train boxcars and old bridges are all underwater
treasures located along North Carolina’s coast, strategically situated
to promote fishing opportunities. Now, the North Carolina Division of
Marine Fisheries Artificial Reef Guide will show you where to find them.
This new 131-page, full-color guide is printed on waterproof paper and
provides detailed information about each of the state’s 62 reefs,
including diagrams of each site showing all reef material, GPS
coordinates, and material deployment dates.
The guides are available for free on a first-come, first-serve basis at
the Division of Marine Fisheries’ Headquarters in Morehead City and at
other division offices in Wilmington, Washington, Elizabeth City and
Manteo. Individuals may pick a book up in-person between 8 a.m. and 5
p.m. Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). The division will
limit distribution of the guide to one book per person.
As a supplement to the paper guide, the division has posted an online interactive reef guide at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/artificial-reefs-program.
This web application offers all the features of the paper guide, with
the addition of side-scan sonar imagery, which creates a picture of the
ocean floor, for each reef. The web guide also includes mapping tools
for measuring distance, searching and custom printing.
Artificial reefs are manmade underwater structures built to promote
marine life in areas with otherwise featureless bottom. North Carolina
builds reefs to support healthy fish populations, create accessible
fishing and diving opportunities, and in some places, restore degraded
habitat for oysters.
The reef guide and web application were funded by a $176,000 award from
the North Carolina Coastal Recreational Fishing License Grant Program.
For more information, contact Amy Comer, biologist with the division’s Artificial Reef Program, at 252-808-8054 or [email protected].