George Duren, owner of Blue Water Outrigger and Piggly Wiggly in Port St. Joe, recently worked with the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association to build his fifth artificial reef in the Gulf of Mexico.


George Duren, owner of Blue Water Outrigger and Piggly Wiggly in Port St. Joe, recently worked with the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association to build his fifth artificial reef in the Gulf of Mexico. 



Mr. Duren has been a longtime supporter of the MBARA and has built reefs for the past five years.   The reefs are named BWO for the Blue Water Outrigger Store in Port St. Joe that was originally started in the Piggly Wiggly shopping center back in 2005.   The store caters to persons who love the outdoors and enjoy fishing and hunting.   Mr. Duren moved to Port St. Joe when he was two years old where he went to school after which he went to FSU.   He then joined the US Army and served a tour in Vietnam.     After serving his country he began to work in the grocery business.



Three artificial reefs are out in the LAARS B Site about 24 miles off shore,  one is in the Tower Site out by the old Air Force Tower around 5 miles off shore, and the other one is in the South Site out around 24 miles offshore.    The reefs use Reef Maker concrete pyramids with limestone inserts, Ecosystems for smaller fish, and Grouper Reefs built to simulate a cave. 



Bob Cox, President of the MBARA, said,  “We are so thankful for all that Mr. Duren has done over the past l7 years to build marine habitat to enhance diving and fishing off of Port St. Joe and Mexico Beach.  What he has built has greatly enhanced the red snapper and grouper fishery for recreational anglers in our area.” 



Ron Childs, Director of the MBARA Kingfish Tournament, said, “Mr. Duren does a lot for the community in so many ways, and this is just one of his contributions to the local area.” 



Childs added, “I go in to the Piggly Wiggly grocery store and look up on the wall at the names of over l00 local organizations he supports, and we are just thankful that he has chosen to support our effort to build artificial reefs for our fishermen and divers.  We have been very successful because of people like Mr. Duren.”



All of the BWO sites are listed on the MBARA website (www.mbara.org) with the GPS numbers in latitude and longitude for all persons to access.