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The 3-year Virginia artificial reef study began on 1 January 1983 with the aim of creating a master plan for reef development in Virginia's waters. In the first year, four types of benthic structures (high surface area tires—HST's; low surface area tires—LST's; concrete igloos; concrete pipe pyramids) were deployed at two sites—Wachapreague and Cape Charles, Virginia. Evaluations of the structural integrity and effectiveness of these reefs were made by SCUBA observation and rod and reel fishing by the study team.

All structures were in place by 7 July 1983. At Wachapreague, the highest catch rates over a 6-week period were obtained on the LST's (11.43 fish/rod-h) and HST's (10.01 f/rh). Concrete pipes also performed well (8.28 f/rh), but the igloos (3.10 f/rh) seemed to protect fish from the anglers. All units performed better than the control station (1.04 f/rh). Results at Cape Charles were similar in terms of number of fish, but lower by weight because many of the fish were juveniles.

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Publication date: 1985-07-01

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