MBARA successfully deploys super reefs

MBARA

Last week, the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association successfully deployed 59 news reefs off the coast of Mexico Beach and Port St. Joe. Of the 59 reefs deployed, 10 were the super reefs, made to attract fish that hunt higher in the water column.

Special to The Star
Published: Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 10:22 AM.

Another first for Florida.

Last week the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association successfully deployed 59 news reefs off the coast of Mexico Beach and Port St. Joe, 10 of which were the aptly named super reefs.

These super reefs, taller than any reef previously contracted by the MBARA, have 10 feet of exposed rebar at the top to draw in fish like amberjack, wahoo, king mackerel and red snapper that hunt higher in the water column.

Though the growth on the reefs which establishes it as a habitat can take up to two years to form, bait fish will begin to visit within two days and the process can begin.

“We’ll watch how the structures perform for future construction purposes,” said MBARA President Bob Cox. “We’ll be diving them fairly often.”

Some of the reefs were grouped closely together while others were spread further apart. This will help the organization gather information and learn which type of reefs have the best performance and which arrays help to create a flourishing ecosystem. The deployment process took approximately five hours.

Reefs in last week’s deployment were placed in 18 new sites and two memorial reefs were expanded with private funds. 



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