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Freeport Artificial Reef Project

Implementing Organization

Texas State

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/or Construction

Targeted Resources

Recreational Resources

Project Description

This project will increase 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. The current reef site is permitted for 160 acres, but only has materials in 40 acres. The project will place predesigned concrete pyramids in the remaining portions of the 160-acre permitted area onto sandy substrate at a water depth of 55 feet. As required by the Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultation with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), the pyramid designs were modified so that one side of the constructed pyramids will be open on the top half to allow sea turtles to move freely in and out of the structure. These improvements will enhance 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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