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Florida to build 10 new artificial reefs

By Leonard Ho - Posted Jan 10, 2012 09:00 AM
In more Floridian news, Bay County commissioners have accepted a $60,000 grant from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to construct ten new artificial reefs by the end of summer.
Florida to build 10 new artificial reefs

Artificial reefs encourage growth of spectacular new life and provide habitat for fish and inverts. Photo by James Wiseman

A large majority of the seafloor in Bay County is sandy, so the hard surfaces of the new artificial reefs will provide much needed breeding grounds for reef fish as well as a suitable substrate for corals, sponges, and other benthic life to grow.

The new artificial reefs will be constructed about 10 nautical miles from the entrance to St. Andrew Bay at a depth of about 88 feet.  Each reef will be composed of four premanufactured concrete and steel pods arranged in grid pattern about 600 feet apart

Governments now recognize the high financial return of installing artificial reefs.  Last year, a comprehensive Sea Grant Study found Southwest Florida counties reaped over $253 million in 2009 as a result of artificial reefs which were installed for minimal costs (read more about the study).  FWC has allocated approximately $700,000 for the construction of artificial reefs in 2012, so expect more good news to come.

This is money well spent!

[via Panama City News Herald]

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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