new artificial reef that will be located approximately eight miles
south of Oregon Inlet and three miles off the beach will be the focus
of the upcoming monthly meeting of the Outer Banks Anglers Club.
The meeting, which will be held at the Hilton
Garden Inn on Monday, October 29 at 7 p.m., will feature guest speaker
Jordan Byrum of the NCDMF Artificial Reef Projects, who will be
discussing the status of the new artificial reef (AR-165), which is
sponsored by the Outer Banks Anglers Club Artificial Reef Committee.
“The club has been working on making this reef a
reality for several years and we are close to beginning construction,”
said Anglers Club Publicity and Community Relations Coordinator Tony
Lombardi in an emailed statement. “We want as many anglers who will be
benefitting from this reef to join us for [this] important discussion.”
The creation of the new reef started a little
less than three years ago, and chairman of the Artificial Reef
Committee Dick Parker reports that everything is in hand except the
final federal permit.
“That is the only thing we are waiting on,” said
Parker. “We have everything ready to go including the CAMA permit, and
the money required. Hopefully, [the speaker] will be give us answers on
Monday as to when we can expect to get the permit for the new reef.”
The meeting will also touch on the debris from
the upcoming demolition of the old Bonner Bridge, which is slated to be
added to four existing reef sites in the area.
“There has been no new material placed on any of
our existing reefs in more than 10 years,” said Parker, “and the
material that was placed on the reefs in the past – like U.S. Coast
Guard aircraft or boxcars – has not held up well in the ocean
“The best material to put on a reef is concrete -
It’s not going anywhere, and that’s why we’re looking forward to
getting the Bonner Bridge material there,” he added.
55% of the Bonner Bridge material will go to
AR-160, which is the reef closest to Oregon Inlet. The remaining 45% of
the material will be split up among the other reefs which are north of
The new reef, AR-165, will initially be comprised
of 2,000 tons of concrete pipe up to 8 feet long and more than 6 feet
in diameter, and more material – which possibly includes an ocean tug
boat - will be added in the future, depending on costs and
The Outer Banks Anglers Club received an $882,000
state grant to build the reef, which stemmed from the sale of coastal
recreational fishing licenses, as well as donations for the project,
including a substantial $20,000 contribution from TW’s Bait &
The meeting will hopefully shed light on when the
remaining pieces of the project – namely the federal permit – will be
ready, so that the new reef project can begin.
The public is welcome and encouraged to attend
the upcoming Monday meeting to both learn about the project details,
and to show their support for the current and new artificial reefs in
the Oregon Inlet area.
“We would love to have a good crowd there to
demonstrate the interest of the local population to get these local
reefs back into production,” said Parker.
“It is vital that the NCDMF see the community
support for this reef,” stated Lombardi. “…This participation should go
a long way to assisting our area at securing more funds for additional