A new artificial reef to be constructed eight
miles south of the Oregon Inlet sea buoy has been funded by a grant
from the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries. Through the sale
of Coastal Recreational Fishing Licenses, a two year grant in the
amount of $882,000 has been awarded to the Oregon Inlet Artificial Reef
Committee for the construction of AR-165.
In addition to CRFL funding, local matching funds
have been donated by TW’s Bait & Tackle, Manteo Marine, and
Southern Bank. Local funding is still being sought and donations can be
made through the website of the Outer Banks Anglers Club.
Prior to beginning reef construction, all state
and federal permits must be obtained. A CAMA Major Permit is expected
to be issued within the next few weeks. It is anticipated that federal
permits will follow thereafter, although the exact time period is
The initial reef construction will consist of one
ship approximately 100-140 feet in length. The retired vessel will be
towed to the reef site and sunk in place. In addition to the ship,
2,000 tons of concrete material consisting of assorted concrete pipe
ranging in size from 36” to 76” in diameter and 8’ in length will be
used in the construction of AR-165. The concrete will be barged to the
reef site and deployed as directed by a North Carolina Division of
Marine Fisheries Artificial Reef Group representative.
Second year plans call for an additional 6,000
tons of concrete material and hopefully another ship if funding allows.
No material from the demolition of the Bonner Bridge will be deployed
on this new reef. That debris is all scheduled to be utilized for
enhancement of the four older reefs currently located in the vicinity
of Oregon Inlet.
For more information, please go to
www.outerbanksanglersclub.com and click on the link to the Oregon Inlet
Artificial Reef Committee.