Rebuilding, or Supplementing of, the Artificial Fishing Reefs in the Gulf of Mexico - Development Activities in Region V


A departmental constructed artificial fishing reef in the Gulf of Mexico, located 6 miles southeast of Port Aransas (Figure 1), was partially destroyed by strong currents and, in September 1961, by Hurricane Carla. This reef had provided an improved fishing habitat which yielded ling, king mackerel, and red snappers before the car bodies, which made up the reef, were scattered. Concrete rubble, clay pipe, and concrete pressure pipe were placed on the reef location in an effort to supplement the reef and restore the favorable fishing habitat which existed before the reef was damaged.


pages 501-504; available for download at the link below.


artificial reefs, coastal fisheries development, marine fisheries management