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  • WHAT IS RGV REEF?

    RGV Reef is a result of a vision to build a great place to fish 13 miles northeast of the South Padre Island Jetties. What has resulted is basically net-less aquaculture driven by creating of cradle to adult fish habitat for reef fish, primarily Red Snapper. It also turns out that when you get it right for all the life stages of Snapper, you have made a great reef for all the fish. Worms, shrimp, and turtles, too. At 1650 acres, it’s the largest artificial reef off the Texas Coast, and certainly the most complex. The large size is to accommodate the very first industrial scale reef fish nursery in the Gulf, maybe in the world. The premise is simple but unique, complex high profile materials for the big fish, low diffuse material nursery for the little fish.

  • WHO IS FRIENDS OF RGV REEF ?

    Friends of RGV Reef are long time recreational and commercial and charter fishermen, scuba divers and marine biologists leavened with contractors, businessmen and ranchers, all working together, striving to create a self sustaining artificial reef with the steppingstones of habitat to actually increase the fish population. And doing so with the efficiency required by a big vision for a big reef and a small budget. RGV Reef is funded by individuals, conservation groups, family foundations, businesses, fishing tournaments, grants and state and local governments. By folks like you, folks interested in giving back to the Gulf.

  • WHAT'S NEXT ?

    2018 will be a big year for RGV REEF. A grant we found and convinced TPWD to write will fund this spring and deploy 250 reefing pyramids and 250 low relief modules in Feb.- March in the west half of the reef. Friends will tag on to this deployment about 1500 tons of concrete rip rap in patch reefs augmenting the CCA Corner, seeding around the two boats and augmenting the trolling trails on the north and south boundaries of the reef. This summer we will be putting down 4 to 8 thousand tons of concrete rip rap or granite or concrete railroad ties in one or two piles that we hope to build 45 feet tall off the bottom. That would be to within 30 feet of the surface and be the crowning glory of the reef, habitat for the adult reef fish we grow, and drawing pelagics like Kings, Ling, Tarpon and Sail. These will also be unique in the Gulf. It all depends on how much money we can raise, and which material we can get, load and transport the cheapest.

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Friends wants the Reef to put more fish back in the Gulf than it takes, primarily red snapper, by alleviating a juvenile snapper survival bottleneck caused by a lack of habitat. Mortality is high out on the flat bottom of the Gulf. That idea came out of scientific research at the experimental level. RGV Reef will be the first reef to provide that habitat on a large scale. All of our deployments are positioned and spaced in ways and numbers that can be used for scientific research. Most of the local research has been spearheaded by UT RGV’s Dr. Richard Kline, our primary and much appreciated science advisor. What we are doing is on the cutting edge of marine science, and The Harte Institute of Corpus Christi and UT Galveston also have research projects in the reef.

 

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