It's part of North Carolina few ever see,
artificial reefs deep in the Atlantic Ocean off
the North Carolina coast.
This particular artificial reef, or A.R., is
a man made structure designed to help the
environment. It gives SCUBA divers magnificent
pictures, and is a sunken treasure.
"It attracts food and plant life, that
attract fish, and of course fisherman," says
Richard Carpenter, who works for North
Carolina's Marine Fisheries Division.
That division is where a team of experts
design and install artificial reefs. They're now
preparing to drop many more below the
They use bridge material, rumble, tug boats
and reef balls, among other items, to build the
Marine Fisheries has names for 38 A.R.'s off
the coast, but there are dozens more for
fisherman and SCUBA divers to enjoy.
To actually see an active artificial reef,
you would have to take a boat. In Wilmington,
there's about a dozen of these type of habitats
anywhere from three to 18 miles from the
"North Carolina is one of the biggest wreck
diving destinations," says Paul Gregory of
That fact is what fuels Gregory's
"Divers come from all over the world to see
fish life," Gregory says. "It's very important
these wrecks are out there."
But A.R.'s aren't just for looks. Fisherman
use them as a form of bait.
It doesn't take long to see the proof of
that, fish surround a sunken boat, an artificial
reef that helps the residents of the world under
the sea, and the one above it.
Reported by Nicole