A number of organizations have helped make the idea of placing an artificial reef in the Gulf of Mexico to attract marine life a reality on Tuesday.
It's great news for local fishermen. The new artificial reef, located about 11 miles offshore between the Port Aransas jetties and Mustang Island, will attract more fish to that area, as well as other forms of marine life.
"We're placing the habitat here to help attract fish within the range of smaller boats," said Mike Hurst, Vice President of the SEA.
About 200,000 tons of concrete blocks were placed in that area to built the reef within state waters, which means fishermen can catch four fish per person all year round, unlike in federal waters; and fish are not the only thing the reef will attract.
"There will be all sorts of invertebrates and different marine organisms that will call this home, and will make an entire ecosystem," Hurst said.
The new reef is the culmination of four years of hard work between Parks and Wildlife, the Saltwater Fisheries Enhancement Association, the Texas Department of Transportation, and many more agencies.
In fact, the concrete blocks that were used to build the reef were donated by TxDOT. They will now become the gathering place for all kinds of marine life.
"It's going to make a network of tunnels and all sorts of hiding places for all sorts of fish," Hurst said.
If you would like to get the coordinates for the new reef, and any other reef that is within the jurisdiction of Parks and Wildlife, click here.
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