Artificial system

Another vessel joins Delaware’s artificial reef system

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A boat once used as a floating casino was recently sunk to the ocean floor off the coast of Delaware to become part of the state’s artificial reef program.

A Norfolk, Va.-based marine contractor handled the sinking of the 180-foot-long Texas Star, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control said in a news release Thursday.

“With today’s sinking of the Texas Star on Redbird Reef, one of 14 distinct reef sites in Delaware Bay and along the Atlantic Coast, we continue to improve and expand the experience recreational fishing and diving in Delaware,” said Shawn Garvin, the department’s secretary. , said in a statement.

The 1977-built vessel has been converted from a casino to a commercial scallop catcher and processor and has now found its “third life” as part of the artificial reef, the department said.

Also residing on Delaware’s artificial reefs is the longest ship ever downsized on the East Coast, the former destroyer USS Arthur W. Radford, the department said. The reefs are also home to more than 1,350 retired New York City subway cars that have helped understand the reef system over the past two decades, according to the press release.