MBARA to begin 2014 survey dives

MBARA

MBARA volunteers will dive 40 reefs in 2014 to survey activity within the ecosystem. These surveys help reef-builders design better and more effects artificial reefs.

Special to The Star
Published: Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 01:42 PM.

Once the reefs are down the research begins.

The Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association has scheduled a minimum of 40 reef surveys for 2014 during which divers will investigate reefs

MBARA president Bob Cox and other volunteers will dive each structure and capture photographs and video of each reef’s unique activity.

Volunteers will also check the durability of the limestone structures, look for signs of movement and assess any damage.

“The surveys help us figure out which direction to go with future reef designs,” said Cox. “We make it a point to survey each reef once every five years.

“It helps us ensure that the reefs are where we say they are.”

The dives are as much about the fish as they are the structure.



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