Placement of artificial reef modules off Mexico Beach now complete
The construction phase for the first of six Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission–sponsored (FWC) artifical reef projects is now complete offshore of Mexico Beach. This approximately $1.37 million project was funded solely with Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment Phase III Early Restoration funds.
“We want these reefs to increase and enhance the public’s recreational fishing, snorkeling and diving opportunities,” said FWC Executive Director Nick Wiley.
A total of 471 prefabricated concrete artificial reef modules were deployed in three artificial reef permitted areas offshore of Mexico Beach. There are four different types of modules, all in Gulf of Mexico…