As we continue to move forward on the restoration of the Gulf of Mexico following the Deep Horizon oil spill, NOAA has this month published
Please click above and review the pdf as you continue to work on restoration plans in your area. It would be my hope that each plan would be meshed with the scientific observation, and monitoring. Don’t forget the Science dollars come from an additional “pot” of money.
– See more at: https://reefinnovations.com/reef-ball-foundation/restore-act-science-program/#sthash.ZTZjHE4j.dpuf
Tom is now part of the Sarasota Eternal Reef. After many years contributing to Artificial Reefs his Reef Ball was placed in the Gulf of Mexico.
click on the link for the facebook Eternal Reef Tom Maher photo album.
It was great seeing many divers that have worked on Reef Ball projects from around the world. The emphasis was divers can make a difference and need to take action creation reefs and restoring damage to the oceans that we have all impacted.
Please look over the slides and feel free to download and use the Power Point in presentations to your Dive Groups and community.
(click to download the full power point presentation) Divers Make a Difference
Are you aware of the federal mandates to identify ” EFH ” Essential Fish Habitat?
As you are planning for your restoration projects, you should review all the collected data. I think you will find that various habitats using Reef Balls, are a must in your estuaries, nearshore and offshore projects. Compare, all the characteristics of the modules, surface area, texture and habitat structure to see that you get the maximum benefit.
Accessing data on EFH, is made simple thanks to NOAA.
The Essential Fish Habitat Mapper is available on NOAA’s web site. Use this to map the path of various species the Government has mandated they study, as they mature. This will be helpful in identifying locations for your restoration projects.
Don’t forget to consult with Larry Beggs from Reef Innovations as you look for the right artificial habitat for your EFH.
Anglers Reef had a large collection of Reef Balls, but now it has more including Layer Cakes and Cubes. There is some video on the Angular Reef Page under Projects, US Southeast, Florida, Sarasota.