James J Francesconi Memorial


During the weekend of May 7 2016 a tug boat will become a new underwater reef along side a tug named Tramp in honor of former North Carolina Reef Coordinator James J. Francesconi. Francesconi began working with the NC Division of Marine Fisheries in 1987 and became the Reef Program Coordinator in 2000. He lost his battle


Lionfish Information

lionfish2Lionfish are some of the most beautiful fish in the underwater world. There is just one problem, they have no natural predators in the Atlantic Ocean, they are an invasive species. Due to the venom that they produce, lionfish are considered one of the more dangerous fish in the world.


DT Barge



On Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 2:53pm, the barge, TBM IX, heaved a final sigh as it plunged into the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. Fourteen SCUBA divers aboard the Outrageous V, personnel from the State Artificial Reef and Fisheries program, and Tow Boat US watched in amazement as the sinking culminated a 9 month journey to the sea to become a new artificial reef for SCUBA divers and sports fishermen. The TBM IX, affectionately known as


If you Can’t beat ‘em, eat ‘em

lionfishThe "If you Can't Beat 'em, Eat 'em" Spearfishing Tournament will be an annual tournament to raise public awareness of the lionfish invasive species problem in the Atlantic; to develop a possible management strategy by creating the means for a sustainable commercial fishery; and to encourage the sale of locally caught seafood.


Eastern NC's Most Recent Artificial Reef


Sinking of the Barge

The weather could not have been more perfect as the Outrageous V pulled away from the dock on Tuesday morning. The goal of the day was to sink an old barge, donated by Taylor Brothers Marine Construction, to the Artificial Reef Program. The Eastern Carolina Artificial Reef Association acquired the barge about 9 months ago and has been working tirelessly to prepare the vessel to become the next victim of the Graveyard of the Atlantic. The tow to the AR-330 site (Indra) took approximately 4 hours. Once the barge was moved into position she was attached the Indra with a cable about 150 feet off the stern.