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June 29, 2009

Media advisory: Artificial 'Reef-Ex' project 2009 dedication ceremony

The Artificial "Reef-Ex" Project 2009 dedication ceremony will be held Tuesday, July 7th at 11 a.m. The ceremony, hosted by the Jim Caudle Memorial Reef Foundation, will take place in North Myrtle Beach at the picnic area adjacent to the Harbor Gate Marina, situated under the Highway 17 overpass along the Intracoastal Waterway. 

The deployment will take place the following morning, July 8th, for those interested in a boat ride to the reef site.

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Artificial Reef Program works with S.C. Army National Guard to deploy surplus equipment, such as armored personnel carriers and shipping containers, onto artificial reef sites along the coast. This unique partnership, Reef-Ex, has taken place since 1997. This year, donated materials will be placed onto the Little River Offshore Reef and the Jim Caudle Reef, located off of Little River Inlet in Horry County. The materials create thriving habitat, and with this refurbishing project, the reef sites are teeming with a wide variety of marine species.                                              
Featured speakers will include: John Frampton, DNR Director; S.C. Army National Guard Sergeant Major John W. Barr, Jr.; additional representatives from the Army National Guard Bureau.   
        
Interested media please contact DNR by June 30th if you will be able to attend the dedication ceremony.  A catered lunch, provided by the Jim Caudle Memorial Reef Foundation, will follow immediately after the dedication. All media are invited to attend the artificial reef deployment on July 8th. 

Contact DNR Artificial Reef Coordinator Bob Martore at: (843) 953-9303 for more information.

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