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In July of 1996, Project 98 was born and fund raising began to deploy 400 "Reef Balls" throughout four of the existing reef sites to enhance the habitat. This project was completed on time and within budget in April of 1998. The use of "Reef Balls" was the first in the state of North Carolina and have proven to be true "Fish Motels". Recent surveying with the Aqua-Vu Underwater Viewing System show large amounts of growth and marine life. Upon completion of Project 98, the L.B.A.R.A. announced Project 2000 and the goal to enhance the remaining reef sites. The plan to raise the necessary funds was formulated and the work began. In July of 1998, the L.B.A.R.A. Club Challenge was born. Held annually in July, this King Mackerel and Flounder tournament pits fishing club against fishing club for bragging rights while still recognizing individual achievements. All proceeds go to the L.B.A.R.A.. Held at Southport Marina, Southport, NC, this "Challenge", sponsored by the fishing clubs of Brunswick County has grown to be one of our largest fund raisers. Thanks to the help of many friends, Project 2000 grew to include 600 "Reef Balls" . Once again, the L.B.A.R.A. completed the project on time and within budget. The 600 "Reef Balls" were also deployed during the spring of 2000 with 100 being deployed to all sites except AR 465. Organizational plans and budget requirements are now being formulated for Project 2002 with AR 465 the focal point. The Long Bay Artificial Reef systems have been recognized as the most popular in North Carolina, helping to support a growing Brunswick County recreational economy. Success is the trademark of the Long Bay Artificial Reef Association. Since their formation, they have met and exceeded their goals. As President Dale McDowell said, "As long as the funds are there, we are willing to handle the logistics of the projects."

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