Dive Photos Courtesy of MBARA | The Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association | www.mbara.org
Sources & Citations
- University of Florida AR Economic Benefit Study
- Oyster Reef excerpt
- Reefmaker Artificial Reef Structures
- SeaGrant AR Economic Impact SWFlorida
- TNC Oyster Economics Factsheet
Artificial reefs create fish and oyster habitat. In an area where the Gulf bed is 95% barren sand flats, the reefs will also create near shore, family-oriented, recreational activities including human propelled fishing (kayaks and standup paddleboards), skin-diving and snorkeling adventures, and undersea photo safaris. The attractions will serve to promote awareness and understanding for people who may not otherwise have the opportunity to see some of the amazing marine creatures that live and thrive around reefs in the Gulf of Mexico.