WHAT's IN THE REEF?

The concrete was deployed to make reef patches with all sizes of material: complex reef patches always have more fish than simple ones. The patches are strung out in lines and grids to make trolling trails and spots to drift for snapper.
The nursery consists of 240 patches of cinderblocks and concrete roof tiles to provide habitat for age 0 to age 2 yr. old snapper. The patches are low and spread out, because when the little snapper swims over to the big reef the big fish eat them. Big Gulf reefs are not like coral reefs with millions of little fish hovering around so we are building low profile cover for the little fish, because we can grow lots more fish than we can attract.

Camera traps show that we are also providing food and cover for several species of threatened and endangered turtles,primarily Kemp’s Ridleys

2016

High profile material

Two 70 foot cleaned steel vessels

Tift Tug and the Gulf Explorer Max’s Wreck

 

2017

Low profile (nursery) material

600 tons of concrete roof tiles

67,000 cinder blocks

Multiple other test patches of oyster shell,limestone bullrock,low relief slab test modules

Mid profile material

210 eight foot highway dividers

3000 tons of large concrete:

76 ten foot box culverts

47 eight foot tall reefing pyramids

42 five foot round culverts

1500 tons concrete rip rap


 


 

2018

Test patches of concrete railroad ties donated by the BNSF Railway were deployed ranging from 25tons to 400tons to determine best practice. We were able to deploy 10.6 million pounds (5600 tons) of recycled concrete railroad ties  in 2018. These were deployed into the 32 foot tall “Big Pile” which is still to be named. (Big donors ger things Mamés for them, hint hint hint.)

We also built most of the five hundred foot long CCA Ridge.

 



2019


Build up the “Big Pile” to forty five feet. deployment and add 25,000 to 71,000 cinderblocks to start another 200 acre nursery reef.

Add ten 100ton patch reefs to the CCA corner.

26 100 ton of low and mid relief reef patches with RR ties.



The concrete was deployed to make reef patches with all sizes of material: complex reef patches always have more fish than simple ones. The patches are strung out in lines and grids to make trolling trails and spots to drift for snapper.

The nursery consists of 240 patches of cinder blocks and concrete roof tiles to provide habitat for age 0 to age 2 yr. old snapper. The patches are low and spread out, because when the little snapper swims over to the big reef the big fish eat them. Big Gulf reefs are not like coral reefs with millions of little fish hovering around so we are building low profile cover for the little fish, because we can grow lots more fish than we can attract.




HEROES OF THE REEF