A fishing group has received a state grant to build a new artificial reef off North Carolina’s Outer Banks.
The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reports the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries awarded the two-year grant to the Outer Banks Anglers Club, which hopes to enhance the fishing reputation near the shore along the state’s famed barrier islands.
The artificial reef will be constructed eight miles south of Oregon Inlet by sinking a decommissioned ship more than 100 feet long with an added 2,000 tons of assorted pieces of concrete pipe up to 8 feet long and more than 6 feet in diameter.
Only four artificial reefs lie offshore from the Outer Banks near Oregon Inlet, and no new material has been added to the four in 10 years.
Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com