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Freeport Artificial Reef Project

Implementing Organization

State of Texas

Overview

DWH Project Funding

$2,155,365

Known Leveraged Funding

$0

Funding Organization

Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)

Funding Program

Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA)

Details

Project Category

Recreational Use

Project Actions

Engineering and Construction

Targeted Resources

Recreational Resources

Project Description

This project increased the amount of reef material in a currently permitted artificial reef site (Outer Continental Shelf Block Brazos BA-336), the George Vancouver (Liberty Ship) Artificial Reef, located within Texas State waters in the Gulf of Mexico, approximately six miles from Freeport, Texas. Prior to completion of this project, the current reef site was permitted for 160 acres, but only had materials in 40 acres. The project placed predesigned concrete pyramids in the remaining portions of the 160-acre permitted area onto sandy substrate at a water depth of 55 feet. This project has successfully enhanced recreational fishing and diving opportunities.

Contact

Angela Schrift
(512) 389-8755
angela.schrift@tpwd.texas.gov
Project Website
Project Partners

None

Affiliated Institutions

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