MBARA super reefs a go

Published: Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 09:23 AM.

Some sites are planned to receive one reef while two will be dropped in others. MBARA members will monitor the sea life that forms around them and collect data that will be shared with the FWC regarding the types of fish attracted and whether two reefs in one area yielded a stronger ecosystem than a single reef.

Fish like Amberjack, red snapper, grouper and pelagics prefer taller structures and would be attracted to the super reefs.

“Our vision is to build habitat to enhance our fisheries for recreational fishing and eco-tourism that fuel our local economy,” said Cox. “We truly can use more support to build bigger and better projects.”

Cox said that the project is only made possible by the support of MBARA volunteers, members, donors, sponsors, annual Kingfish Tournament participants, local merchants, City of Mexico Beach staff and FWC.

The experimental super reef project will be the first of its kind in Florida. Cox said that he intends to have the project complete by the end of April.

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