The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries has announced plans to remove buoys over the next several weeks from several artificial reef sites along the coast.


The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries has announced plans to remove buoys over the next several weeks from several artificial reef sites along the coast.



Staff plans to remove buoys from 11 artificial reef sites that are already accurately depicted on federal navigation charts or soon will be changed on the charts.



Technology has advanced to the point that the buoys are no longer necessary for safe navigation, and it is no longer cost-effective to maintain them, said Craig Hardy, chief of the division’s Habitat and Enhancement Section.



GPS receivers are readily available at a low enough cost that nearly all boats that go offshore are equipped with them.



The buoys will be removed from the following locations:



 



North of Cape Hatteras



Artificial Reef-130 (no official name) 12.5 nautical miles north of the Oregon Inlet sea buoy



 



Hatteras to Cape Lookout



Artificial Reef – 230 ( Mr. J. C. Reef) 3.5 nautical miles south-southeast of the Hatteras Inlet sea buoy



 



Cape Lookout to Cape Fear



Artificial Reef – 320 (Clifton Moss Reef) 7.3 nautical miles west-southwest of the Beaufort Inlet Fort Macon jetty



Artificial Reef – 330 (Howard Chapin Reef) 11.8 nautical miles southwest of the Beaufort Inlet Fort Macon Jetty



Artificial Reef -345 (Swansboro Rotary Club Reef) 8.1 nautical miles southeast of the Bogue Inlet sea buoy



Artificial Reef -355 (New River Reef) 9.7 nautical miles south of the New River Inlet sea buoy



Artificial Reef -360 (Topsail Reef) 2.5 nautical miles east of the New Topsail Inlet sea buoy



Artificial Reef -362 (Tom Boyette Reef) 8.7 nautical miles east-southeast of the New Topsail Inlet sea buoy



Artificial Reef – 364 (Billy Murrell Reef) 6.2 nautical miles northeast of the Masonboro Inlet sea buoy



Artificial Reef – 372 (Bruce Barclay Cameron Memorial Reef) 5 nautical miles south-southeast of the Masonboro Inlet sea buoy



 



South of Cape Fear



Artificial Reef – 430 (Jim Knight Reef) 3.8 nautical miles east-southeast of the Lockwood’s Folly Inlet sea buoy



 



Buoys on another 25 artificial reefs will remain on station for two to four months longer until staff can verify that navigation charts accurately reflect their locations.



 



These Artificial Reef sites are:



North of Cape Hatteras



Artificial Reef – 140 (no official name) 8.9 nautical miles north of the Oregon Inlet sea buoy



Artificial Reef – 145 (no official name) 8.1 nautical miles northeast of Oregon Inlet sea buoy



Artificial Reef – 160 (Oregon Inlet Reef) 4.0 nautical miles south-southeast of the Oregon Inlet sea buoy



 



Cape Hatteras to Cape Lookout



Artificial Reef -220 (no official name) 4.9 nautical miles east-southeast of the Hatteras Inlet sea buoy



Artificial Reef – 225 (no official name) 6.2 nautical miles east-southeast of the Hatteras Inlet sea buoy



Artificial Reef - 250 (no official name) 5.1 nautical miles south-southeast of the Ocracoke Inlet sea buoy



Artificial Reef – 255 (no official name) 6.1 nautical miles south of the Ocracoke Inlet sea buoy



Artificial Reef – 275 (Billy Smith Reef) 2 nautical miles southeast of the north end of Drum Inlet



Artificial Reef – 285 (George Summerlin Reef) 4.4 nautical miles north-northeast of the Cape Lookout Shoal buoy R”2”



 



Cape Lookout to Cape Fear



Artificial Reef – 315 (Atlantic Beach Reef) 3.5 nautical miles West from Beaufort Inlet Fort Macon jetty



Artificial Reef – 342 (Onslow Bay Sport Fishing Club Reef) 3 nautical miles east-southeast of the Bogue Inlet sea buoy



Artificial Reef – 340 (J. Paul Tyndall Reef) 7 nautical miles east-southeast of the Bogue Inlet sea buoy



Artificial Reef – 366 (no official name) 30 nautical miles southeast of the Masonboro Inlet sea buoy



Artificial Reef – 368 (no official name) 15.5 nautical miles southeast of the Masonboro Inlet sea buoy



Artificial Reef – 370 (Meares Harris Reef) 3.5 nautical miles east of the Masonboro Inlet sea buoy



Artificial Reef – 376 (no official name) 9.9 nautical miles southeast of the Masonboro Inlet sea buoy



Artificial Reef – 378 (Phillip Wolfe Reef) 2.6 nautical miles south of the Carolina Beach Inlet sea buoy



Artificial Reef – 386 (Lennon / Hyde Reef) 17.8 nautical miles south-southeast of the Masonboro Inlet sea buoy



 



South of Cape Fear



Artificial Reef – 420 (Tom McGlammery Reef) 3.1 nautical miles north-northwest of the Cape Fear River sea bouy



Artificial Reef – 425 (Yaupon Beach Reef) 5 nautical miles north of the Cape Fear River sea buoy



Artificial Reef – 440 (Brunswick County Fishing Club Reef) 4.5 nautical miles south-southeast of the Lockwood’s Folly Inlet sea buoy



Artificial Reef – 445 (Dale McDowell Reef) 9.3 nautical miles south of the Lockwood’s Folly Inlet sea buoy



Artificial Reef – 455 (Dale Ward Reef) 10.6 nautical miles west of the Cape Fear River sea buoy



Artificial Reef – 460 (Jolly Mon Reef) 3.0 nautical miles south of the Shallotte Inlet sea buoy



 



For more information, contact Chris Jensen with the division’s Artificial Reef Program at 252-808-8051 or Chris.Jensen@ncdenr.gov or Gregg Bodnar at 252- 808-8053 or Gregg.Bodnar@ncdenr.gov.