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Newport News Middle Ground Reef

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Depth 22 ft., Profile 2 - 4 ft.
This reef is located at the mouth of the James River around the Newport News Middle Ground Lighthouse. The reef material forms a ring between 200 and 1000 feet from the lighthouse and includes reef balls, concrete rubble, buoy sinkers, piling and pier sections.

This site also serves as a brood stock sanctuary providing seed clams for the lower James River.

 

 

Many groups were instrumental in development of this reef including the Coastal Conservation Association of Virginia, Peninsula Chapter; Magann Corporation; McLean Corporation; and Brawley Middle School, Charlottesville, VA.

Newport News Middle Ground Reef Chart
NOAA Chart 12245

 

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