Poster Presentation

At the Monday night poster social come hear the latest from our surveys.


It will be at the American Fisheries Annual Meeting in Tampa, FL

Reef Innovations supporting the NC Coastal Federation

Jim will be heading to North Carolina to represent Reef Innovations and the Reef Ball Foundation at

Sound Economic Development: Creating a Rising Economic Tide for the N.C. Coast  Raleigh, NC

Breakwater Project – Morris Landing NC 2016, Survey by Jim McFarlane – Notice Oyster intertidal, balls on bottom of the picture are closer to shoreline, and a couple inches lower. I noticed the water wasn’t as clear as boat traffic picked up and many of them were still underwater at Low tide.

Northwest Florida Artificial Reef Workshop Registration, Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 8:30 AM | Eventbrite

2015  NW FL Artificial Reef Summit Jim is First on the Left. 2015 NW FL Artificial Reef Summit Jim is First on the Left.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the University of Florida/Florida Sea Grant would like to announce the date for the Florida Northwest Coast Artificial Reef Manager’s Workshop. This meeting will bring together about fifty artificial reef managers, scientists and others interested in artificial reefs to discuss new research, statewide initiatives and regional updates for Florida’s Northwest region. The meeting will be held at the Okaloosa County Extension Office in Crestview, FL.  Registration information and the draft agenda will follow shortly. Cost is $15.00 and includes conference handouts, light continental breakfast with coffee, lunch, and afternoon refreshments. A limited number of exhibit tables/spaces will be available.  For more information, please contact Laura Tiu, or 850-612-6197.                        What: Northwest Florida Artificial Reef Workshop Tentative Agenda Date: February 22, 2017 Where: UF/IFAS Okaloosa County Extension Office, 3098 Airport RoadCrestview, FL 32539  Moderators: Chris Verlinde – Santa Rosa County, Florida Sea Grant and Laura Tiu – Okaloosa and Walton Counties, Florida Sea Grant     8:15     Meet and Greet  9:00     Welcome and Introductions – Laura Tiu & Keith Mille, FWC  9:25     Regional and National Artificial Reef Updates – Keith Mille  9:50     Invasive Lionfish Trends, Impacts, and Potential Mitigation on Panhandle Artificial Reefs – Kristen Dahl,              University of Florida 10:20    Valuing Artificial Reefs in Northwest Florida – Bill Huth, University of West Florida 10:40   BREAK 11:00    County Updates (6 min each) Representatives will provide a brief overview of recent activities and plans 12:00    LUNCH (included with registration) and Group Photo  1:00     NRDA NW Florida Artificial Reef Creation and Restoration Project Update – Alex Fogg, FWC  1:15     Goliath Grouper Preferences for Artificial Reefs: An Opportunity for Citizen Science – Angela Collins, FL, Sea Grant  1:45     Current Research and Perspectives on Artificial Reefs and Fisheries – Will Patterson, University of Florida & Bill Lindberg, University of Florida  3:00     BREAK  3:30     Association Between Habitat Quantity and Quality and Exploited Reef Fishes: Implications for     Retrospective Analyses and Future Survey Improvements – Sean Keenan, FWRI  3:50     Innovations in Artificial Reef Design and Use – Robert Turpin, facilitator 4:10     Using Websites and Social Media to Promote Artificial Reef Program Engagement – Bob Cox, Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association & Scott Jackson, Bay County Florida Sea Grant 4:40     Wrap Up and Next Steps – Keith Mille and Scott Jackson 5:00     Adjourn & Networking     For your convenience, there is a block of 10 rooms saved at the Comfort Inn and Suites in  Crestview for February 21 & 22.  The rate is $75.00/night for two queens or $85.00/night for a king.  Breakfast is included.  Smoke-free hotel.  Call hotel and register your name and information under the University of Florida Artificial Reef Conference. Comfort Inn Southcrest Drive, Crestview, FL, 32536, Phone:  (850) 682-1481 Bring Tax exempt forms if applicable and present upon check-in.  All cancellations by February 21 @ 4:00 pm Feel free to arrange accommodations at any hotel, there are many in Crestview to choose from.

Source: Northwest Florida Artificial Reef Workshop Registration, Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 8:30 AM | Eventbrite


Sea Turtles love Reef Balls


The booth is set up and were ready to share at Shark Con this weekend at the Florida State Fairgrounds.

Back from NY

New York 2016 Waterfront Alliance

Larry on Hudson River, at the 2016 Waterfront Alliance Conference.   It was a great meeting  sharing with all the key people in the New York , New Jersey area.

December Conference – Restore America’s Estuaries

RAE is an awesome organization and the cause is one everyone needs to get behind.    Please, mark your calendar and if possible offer some support with your sponsorship!


Our Coasts, Our Future, Our Choice

December 10-15, 2016, New Orleans, LA

Marian Brister Martinez (Featured Artist)

> Sponsorships, Exhibiting, and Advertising Now Available! <


“We had a great time sponsoring and attending the RAE/TCS 2014 Summit. We enjoyed networking with colleagues about our recent projects and educating new friends about our technology. We came away impressed and enlightened by the diversity of groups and projects underway worldwide to restore our delicate estuary ecosystems. This event is the best venue for this information sharing and we look forward to the 2016 Summit.”

— LARRY BEGGS, Reef Ball Foundation

Beyond supporting RAE and TCS and helping to underwrite the cost associated with the planning and oversight of the National Summit, sponsorship provides your company with a number of benefits unparalleled in the coastal restoration field.

From exhibiting in our award-winning expo and poster hall to participating in key events engaging our sponsors and exhibitors, you receive significant exposure and opportunities to network with key coastal decision makers. To check out our current list of Summit sponsors, visit here.

We have a wide-range of sponsorship opportunities to accommodate all budget levels, including

general and exclusive sponsorship packages.  On the exclusive sponsorship side, you can choose from a wide range of opportunities, including: climate partner, Wi-Fi, the restoration project, poster hall, Blue Room (media), coffee breaks, program tracks, and plenary, among others.