FWC awards $60,000 grant to MBARA


The MBARA constructs artificial reef habitats to enhance sustainable fisheries in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Carol and Bob Cox Photography
Published: Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 10:56 AM.

The Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association continues to set the standard for the building and deployment of reefs in the state of Florida.

Last week, the volunteer organization received a $60,000 grant from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to supply federal aid in sport fish restoration.

The MBARA will supply a local match expenditure of $25,000 for a total of $85,000.

The money will be used toward the building and deployment of at least 45 concrete and limestone modules totaling 112 tons of inhabitable reefs.

“We have an outstanding rapport with the FWC,” said MBARA President Bob Cox. “We’re very successful (with the grant) each year.”

For 10 years the MBARA and the FWC have worked closely and shared information to better understand the sea life that inhabits the waters of the Gulf.

Cox described the relationship with the FWC as symbiotic, and said that in return for its support, the MBARA provides photos, research and valuable reef monitoring information.

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