The Franklin County, Florida Commission, in coordination with the Apalachicola Artificial Reef Association, are looking forward to the first deployment of artificial reef modules in the Buddy Ward Memorial Artificial Reef today.
The permitted site is located in Florida state water approximately eight miles south of Bob Sikes Cut of St. George Island which is located off the coast of Apalachicola.
This inaugural deployment is taking place pursuant to a grant awarded by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to the Franklin County Commission. The artificial reef modules are expected to be deployed on Thursday, June 17, weather permitting, by Walter Marine located in Orange Beach, Alabama.
Thirty-five Florida limestone reef units or modules, each eight feet tall, with 10-foot tetrahedrons at 6,000 pounds each, are to be placed in the Buddy Ward permit site in five patch reefs consisting of seven reef units per patch. The total weight of the modules is estimated at 105 tons.
This initial or inaugural artificial reef deployment into the Buddy Ward permit site is just the beginning of the ongoing efforts of the county commission and the AARA to expand artificial reef structures off the coast of Apalachicola in order to promote an ecologically stable marine environment resulting in increased conservation, recreation, research and education opportunities.
Please feel free to visit the website of the AARA www.apalachicolareef.org, the FWC myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/artificial-reefs, the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce apalachicolabay.org) and Walter Marine reefmaker.com