Dive Photos Courtesy of MBARA | The Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association | www.mbara.org
News and Media
- CCA Florida Nearshore Reefing Project
- CCA Seawatch Feature
- DFS BeachBreeze News Article
- Walton Outdoors feature
Our VisionThe idea for SWARA was borne out of concerns over the effects of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. The thought was "what can we do to help our community become more aware of our unique natural resources by enhancing their connection to this environment?"
Our solution to this question is to create a series of near-shore artificial reef systems along Walton County's Gulf of Mexico coastline and Eastern Choctawhatchee Bay waters. These reefs will combine the characteristics of this unique coastal environment with the County's primary economic engine-- tourism.
In so doing, we could provide a WIN-WIN-WIN situation for residents, visitors, and the environment.
Building beach-accessible, artificial reef habitat systems is a unique approach that provides tremendous economic and quality-of-life opportunities.
Future goals include working to restore the oyster population in the Choctawhatchee Bay. This will significantly improve the water quality and numerous other aspects of our Bay's ecosystem.