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Matagorda Artificial Reef Project

Implementing Organization

State of Texas

Overview

DWH Project Funding

$3,552,398

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 create a new artificial reef site (Outer Continental Shelf Block Brazos BA-439) within Texas State waters in the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 10 miles offshore of Matagorda County, Texas). The project will create a new artificial reef within the 160-acre permitted area, through deployment of predesigned concrete pyramids onto sandy substrate at a water depth of 60 feet. As required by the Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultation with 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. This project will enhance recreational fishing opportunities.

Contact

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

None

Affiliated Institutions

None

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