There are approximately 35 artificial reefs off the coast of South Carolina from the north Myrtle Beach, SC to the south Hilton Head Island, SC. The reefs consist of wrecks and other large steel structures, and modular units made of steel rebar or cement. These structures are stable in large storms and made from long lasting materials. They are created to have texture to attract corals and other organisms. More than 50 nations use artificial reefs to enhance ecosystem conservation and fishery production.
Artificial reefs provide shelter, food and other necessary elements for a productive ocean. This in turn creates a rich diversity of marine life, attracting divers and anglers. Artificial reef programs increase tourism and commercial fishing benefits for local economies. Sinking materials into the ocean can encourage coral growth by giving them more opportunities to settle. Over the course of months and years, the corals grow, attract fish, and create a new and healthy marine environment.
As the reefs age, the populations of fish and other marine life that live near the structure increase. A single reef can provide habitat for thousands of fish. These artificial reefs offer shelter to large numbers of fish. This in turn creates a rich diversity of marine life, attracting anglers. Hilton Head Fishing Charters Tale Hunter travel to many artificial reefs off our coast. During our offshore excursions we encounter many species of fish including but not limited to Amberjack, Cobia, Black Sea Bass, Sharks, Snapper, Triggerfish and Grouper.