Tampa Bay Watch Deployment 10-16

Tampa Bay Watch Fantasy Island

Video edited from Peter Clark’s video of volunteer Oyster Dome deployment

Bird Island Survey Oct 2016

This month Jim surveyed the Audubon project designed as a living breakwater at Bird Island located in Tampa Bay off the Alafia River.

Jim studying the Reef Balls at Bird Island in 2016
Jim studying the Reef Balls at Bird Island in 2016


During this study I collected some 360 degree video above and below the water.  I continue to attempt to establish a protocol for scientific surveys using 360 degree


Offshore Bar, EFH

McDill 2015

Essential Fish Habitat,  as well as a breakwater is the importance of re-establishing an “offshore bar”.   This video from September 2015 will give you an idea of the type of marine life attracted to the structure.

No, other artificial reef material provides the surface area, wave attenuation and eddie currents that are created with the use of Reef Balls.  In the video you will also see the value of the relief from the bottom that creates habitat that cannot be created with bags of shell, or layers of rock.

I conclude, that in any living shoreline restoration project there should be an living breakwater off the shoreline in depths of 3′ or more.

Video filmed in Tampa Bay Florida – McDill  provided to Reef Innovations.

Comments by Jim McFarlane.

Shoreline Improvement Using Reef Balls for Oyster Reef


MacDill Air Force Base Tampa Bay, FL

This photo says it all.   By placing the Reef Balls along the shoreline to create an oyster reef,  the shoreline was protected and the marsh grasses are now stabilizing the shore and province a great place for carbon sequestration.   Not to mention the EFH, and all other crustaceans  doing their part to improve the Gulf of Mexico.

Photo retrieved from SHARP, Oyster Reef Shoreline Restoration and Stabilization, MacDill AFB, FL  https://southeastaquatics.net/projects/habitat-projects-2007/oyster-reef-for-shoreline-stabilization