Monday, June 23, 2014
Santee Cooper is helping enhance fish habitats on lakes Marion and Moultrie by placing artificial reefs made of concrete into the two reservoirs. The artificial reefs, also referred to as fish attractors, will help develop new habitats for the lakes’ fish species.
Beginning in late May, Santee Cooper has used a barge and forklift to place more than 90 concrete boxes in lakes Marion and Moultrie. The concrete boxes, donated by General Precast Manufacturing Co. in Moncks Corner, range in weight from 2,300 to 4,600 pounds and contain holes to make it easier for fish to swim through and make their homes. There are plans to add additional artificial reefs in the lakes in the future.
The locations of the artificial reefs are marked by a buoy with a fish logo, letting anglers know their locations. In addition, boaters can find them by using the following GPS coordinates:
Lake Moultrie – N33 degrees 19’ 49.2 W80 degrees 05’ 18.9”
Lake Marion (WY boo creek) – N33 degrees 31’ 08.5” W80 degrees 12’ 18.5”
A short video of the first placement can be found on Santee Cooper’s YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/santeecoopertv). The S.C. Department of Natural Resources and Santee Cooper Country also play important roles in the project.