Chapter: South Palm Beach
Contact: Scott Harris, J.D. Dickenson
Marine fisheries and recreational angling off the coast of Jupiter, Florida, recently got a yet another boost with the placement of 100 artificial reef modules on August 8 and 9, 2016. The modules are made of three different designs to create a new 600 feet long by 100 feet wide reef located 1.5 miles northeast of Jupiter Inlet. The new reef is comprised of 50 eight foot tall limestone rock encrusted concrete pyramids, 35 seven foot tall Bahamian coral head replicas and 15 unique concrete block structures.
No Shoes Reefs Project, the partnership between Building Conservation Trust (BCT), CCA’s National Habitat Program, Country Superstar Kenny Chesney and ENGEL Coolers have contributed to the Andrew “Red” Harris Foundation, for phase two of the Andrew “Red” Harris No Shoes Reef. BCT Executive Director Sean Stone said on Monday, “The Andrew “Red” Harris No Shoes Reef is a great example of what the power of partnerships can do when deciding how to best bring awareness to ocean conservation and habitat through artificial reefs. The No Shoes Reefs Project brings needed dollars along with national awareness through our social channels with our partners.”
Like the Andrew “Red” Harris Foundation Reef deployed last year, this new reef site is expected to positively impact local economies by enticing anglers and divers who utilize local boat charters, hotels, restaurants and other amenities.