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BY SUSAN USHER
An artificial reef project off
Lockwood Foily Inlet could soon get a
significant boost through the combined
efforts of the 500-plus members of
the Brunswick County Fishing Club,
local industry and county government.
Approximately eight club
members and Jim Brown of the N.C.
Division of Marine Fisheries appeared
before the Brunswick County
Roard of Commissioner*; Mnndav
seeking financial support for improving
a reef established by the club a
number of years ago about 4.1 miles ;
offshore. Commissioners expressed
interest in the project, but delayed
making any commitment until the
club submits a request for a specific
sum ot money.
Brown said that Pfizer Chemical
Division in Southpert has offered to
donate two 60-ton boilers to drop on
the reef, but tliat the club needs
money to provide insurance
coverage during the transport and
drop. The cost of the insurance
depends on whether the club must
borrow barges for tiansport or is
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Iwiin the boiiers ratner tnan returned
to dock, and the distance the barges
The boilers would provide
"bcautltui material ior reefs," he
said, rfizer Inc. and some of the approximately
40 fishing club members
who work at the chemical plant have
offered to help cut down the boilers so
that they can be transported and to
modify them for use on the reef.
Col. Warren Kirchner of the
Military Ocean Terminal at Sunny
Point has also offered that facility's
assistance, including flatbed
transport to the dock and use of a
crane for loading and a tugboat. If
necessary, Brown said, loan of two
terminal barges could also piuoaoiy
be arranged. The club would prefer
obtaining one or two barges that are
still seaworthy enough to transport
the boilers, but that can be sunk with
them, Jo enlarge the reefs prufiie.
The club already lias ilie ixsjuireu
permit to make a drop on the reef.
Dale McDowell, reef committee
chairman for the fishing club, said
the ciub's iongterin goal is ts
establish several artificial reefs offshore
along the county.
"It would be better if we all worked
together,'' he told Chairman Chris
Channel) when told of a arouD working
to locate a reef off Shallotte
Brunswick County homeowners
may choose from eight dilterent
species of seedlings during the annual
county tree day distribution Friday,
Tree distribution for homeowners
will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the
Brunswick County Agricultural Extension
office in Bolivia, said Extension
Chairman Milton Coleman.
Seedlings to be distributed include
dogwoods, sugar maples, red
maples, live oaks, red cedars, loblolly
nines, slash pines and long ieaf
pines, Coleman said.
"There will be approximately
10,000 seedlings available in this
year's program," Coleman said.
"Homeowners are encouraged to bring
wrapping materials such as
newspapers or paperbags to protect
the roots of the seedlings from drying
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Seeks Reef Support
Working alone, the protect would
be cost-prohibitive for any one party.
Brown added, but would be possible
through a cooperative effort.
Brunswick County, largely through
the efforts of the fishing club, was
one of the first counties to become involved
in the state's artificial reef
program "But after that early
start," he added, "Brunswick County
has fallen way behind."
Part of '.he reason has been a "lack
of available material in Use past, he
Most coastal counties, he suggested
while citing examples in New
Hanover and Onslow counties, are
actively contributing to artificial reef
An artificial reef imitates nature,
providing a "Uvc bottom," a habitat
for feeding, reproduction and living/shelter.
r'luunuer are among the fish iriat
"love reefs," Brown said while showing
slides of the difference an nrtifical
reef can make at every depth.
By doubling the size of a reef, for in-?
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Dr. David Iindquist, an associate
professor of biological sciences at the
University of North Carolina at
Wilmington, said that modifications
to the boilers would include creating
more open space so that fish can live
inside and move about freely and to
allow currents to flow through.
This is likely to attract surfacewater
fish such as king mackerel,
which are apparently attracted to
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The time between distribution and
planting is a critical singe in the survival
of a seedling, he added.
Civic organizations and beautificaiion
cottuniiiees thai are working on
community projects may submit
plaas for acquiring additional seedlings.
Those groups are requested to
call the AES office in Bolivia for
more information, 2514425.
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disturbances in the lee currents, he
added. The reef would also provide
opportunities for research into why
certain species are attracted to
specific types of reefs. Undquist
supervises graduate student
research at UNC-W in reef developiireut.
According to Brown, a combination
of more and better-equipped sports
and commercial fishermen are
reducing the size of the state's
fishery, leaving two choices: "We
either have to live with less or take
steps to improve our resources."
Artificial reefs are intended for
sports fishermen which, according to
a study prepared for the ixjckwuod
Folly River Inlet Stabilization and
Erosion Control Committee, contribute
about $1.5 million io the iucat
economy each year.
They also attract commercial
fishermen to their fringes and to date
this has not caused a problem in the
state, Brown said, though the state
has the authority to keep commercial
fishermen from the reefs.
He said Brunswick Count)' is about
the only area in the state where commercial
fishermen have objected to
an artificial reef. That he added
was because of a single incident
where a trawler crossed onto a reef
and was damaged.
Use of Ixirnn equipment to more
accurately place buoys marking the
reef should decrease the possibility
of any further incidents, he suggested.
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much as 1,000 bushels Wednesday ai
much Thursday, Marine Resources E
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in the Cape Fear River area were
closed to shellfishing by the N.C.
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d" about how the project turned out,
;re is widespread Interest In expanm
to the Shaltotte, Seaside and
sufficient money can be obtained.
Caswell. It also Includes waters in
the Intracoastul Waterway,
Elizabeth River, Dutchman Creek
and certain other tributaries in the
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