Susan Richards becomes part of artificial reef
Blue skies, high spirits and a gallon bag of boiled peanuts made for a successful afternoon last week as a group of onlookers watched the Susan Richards disappear below calm seas.
Tugboat sinking was funded by CCA-SC and SCDNR
“The Vermilion Reef has always been an extremely interesting reef site with a tremendous diversity of both fish and invertebrates,” said artificial reef coordinator Robert Martore. “The addition of a vessel of this size will add to that diversity.”
The sinking of the Susan Richards was funded in part by the Coastal Conservation Association of South Carolina(CCA-SC) and in part by funds provided through the purchase of saltwater fishing licenses. This represents the ninth major reef project SCDNR staff have completed with CCA-SC.
“CCA-SC has been invaluable in helping us obtain vessels like this,” Martore said.
Artificial reefs play a similar role in the ocean as coral reefs, which cannot grow in the temperate waters off the coast of South Carolina. These human-built structures are typically placed on areas of seafloor with little natural relief, improving habitat and spawning grounds for a diverse array of fish and marine life – and in turn attracting recreational divers and anglers.
South Carolina is home to dozens of artificial reef sites, the location data for which are free to download to your marine GPS device.
For additional information, contact: Erin Weeks at (843) 953-9845