South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Announces Newest Artificial Reef

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Dedication Ceremony October 31, 2014

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McManus, who was instrumental in building SC's most visited artificial reef, is being honored posthumously with The Ron McManus Memorial Reef.

Ron McManus' tireless dedication to South Carolina's artificial system has had an impact on our entire state." Robert Martore, SC Dept. of Natural Resources

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources has announced that the Ron McManus Memorial Reef is official. Known as PA-04, the reef is located five miles from the Little River Inlet’s south jetty.

“We are proud to commemorate Ron with a reef named in his honor. His tireless dedication to our State’s artificial reef system has had an impact not only on North Myrtle Beach, but the entire State,” said Robert Martore, Artificial Reef Coordinator for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

McManus, who more than 15 years ago established the Dixie Chicken Fishing Funament in honor of his friend, the late Jim Caudle, had no idea that this annual fishing tournament would lead to the Jim Caudle Artificial Reef, PA-01. Today that reef is the most visited artificial reef in the State of South Carolina enhancing the State's ecosystem, boosting its economy, and providing countless hours of enjoyment for its many sports enthusiasts.

Additionally, an endowment fund created by McManus in 2008, has continued to fund marine and wetland research at Coastal Carolina University and provide scholarship assistance to deserving students.

“Ron would be thrilled, and so am I. He would like nothing more than to know that his work is continuing. Through this reef, his reef, P-04, his legacy lives on," said Ron's wife, Katharine.

About the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources is the advocate for and steward of the state's natural resources. The Department of Natural Resources develops and implements policies and programs for the conservation, management, utilization and protection of the state's natural resources based upon scientifically sound resource assessment and monitoring, applied research, technology transfer, comprehensive planning, public education, technical assistance and constituent involvement. The Department of Natural Resources is pro-active in protecting the state's natural resources for use and enjoyment by future generations of South Carolinians.

About the Ron McManus Memorial Reef (PA-04)

The Ron McManus Memorial Reef (PA-04), located five miles from the Little River Inlet's south jetty, is part of South Carolina's man-made reef system. Here, fish of all types will flourish within the hulls of decommissioned military vehicles, ready-made concrete towers and even the perforated shells of concrete mixing trucks. The Ron McManus Memorial Reef will create an underwater home where fishermen, divers and marine life thrive. According to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, artificial reefs generate over $83 million annually and create in excess of 1,000 jobs in and around the communities in which they are located.

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