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Beneficial Reef Projects to the Outer Banks
If fishing reefs are the underwater version of condominiums, then the waters near Oregon Inlet will soon be the trendy new neighborhood for marine life.

Construction of a living shoreline reef is under way, to be followed in a few years by restoration of four existing reefs with demolished bridge material. And an entirely new reef is also being planned, thanks to a grant funded by fishing license fees.

The reef, with an inverted V-shape design, reduces the energy in the shadow, allowing submerged aquatic vegetation acreage to increase. In turn, the ecosystem benefits from improved water quality, more aquatic habitat and reduced sediment travel.



 
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