MBARA to deploy large reefs to create complex ecosystems

Published: Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 09:28 AM.

The sites were permitted in 2006 and Cox feels like the super reefs will be the best choice to fill them.

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

In addition to bringing new fishing options to the Gulf, Cox believes it will help build eco-tourism.

“Many people come to the area to spearfish or simply to dive the reefs and watch the wild life,” said Cox.

He said that the reefs attract tropical fish and divers can often catch glimpses of angel or butterfly fish.

“These reefs will give the ecosystems more complexity,” said Cox. “We love choice, so the more choices for fish the better.”

Cox plans for the super reefs to be the next to be deployed, whether through this grant or another next year and is excited to create another thriving location for area fishermen.

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