Category Archives: Under Dock Projects

Homeowners in the residential area of Punta Gorda Isles paid for the installation of another 180 Reef Balls to be placed under 90 private docks within neighborhood canals.


Yes that is a research project.   One that should be duplicated around the world.  Reef Balls can add habitat.  Over 150 residents were willing to pay for Reef Balls under their docks.

Lessons Learned:

Although the Reef Balls have only recently been deployed, ongoing monitoring has provided some initial observations:
  • The Reef Balls colonized with oysters and other marine organisms much more quickly than expected under the private docks.
  • Within weeks of deployment, large numbers of juvenile and adult fish were utilizing the structures deployed under private docks.
  • Water monitoring efforts over the last twelve months around the Reef Balls under private docks have shown “better than expected” levels of dissolved oxygen

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Contact Larry Beggs at Reef Innovations for more information or to plan your project.