A new addition to an artificial reef site created by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) attracts divers and fish 10 miles off the coast of the Little River.
SCDNR, with funding from the Coastal Conservation Association South Carolina (CCA SC), sunk an old tugboat at the site now known as the CCA-Little River Offshore Reef.
The artificial reef site dates back to the 1970s, when it was created to provide a habitat for fish. It is one of the most popular diving sites in the state. One area, Barracuda Alley, was created with help from Coastal Scuba Dive Shop at North Myrtle Beach. This site is used for dive training.
"This is now the fifth major artificial reef construction project we've completed with CCA's assistance," Robert Martore, SCDNR artificial reef coordinator, said. "They've helped with nearshore reef deployments along the entire South Carolina coastline, and we hope to continue this partnership well into the future."
Coastal Conservation Association is a group of fishing enthusiasts that work on conservation issues facing various states.
SCDNR has created a number of artificial reefs to help build fish habitats and offer more opportunities for fishing and diving. Since the reefs are made from steel, concrete and similar materials, all items placed in the water are cleaned and stripped of any potential harmful materials beforehand.
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