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Mid-Upper Texas Coast Artificial Reef

Implementing Organization

State of Texas


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Funding Organization

Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)

Funding Program

Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA


Project Category

Recreational Use

Project Actions

Engineering and/or Construction

Targeted Resources

Recreational Resources

Project Description

The Mid-Upper Texas Coast Artificial Reef - Ship Reef Project (Ship Reef Project) will create a new artificial reef site (Outer Continental Shelf Block High Island HI-A-424) in deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico, about 67 miles south-southeast of Galveston, Texas. The project will create an artificial reef by sinking a ship that is at least 200 feet long within the 80-acre permitted reef site, in waters that are approximately 135 feet deep. The ship will be cleaned of hazardous substances to meet United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) criteria, as well as pass all required Federal and State inspections, including EPA, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), and United States Coast Guard (USCG). The project will enhance recreational fishing and diving opportunities. This Early Restoration project would fund a portion of the costs to implement this project. Additional funds from donations to the TPWD Texas Artificial Reef Program will be used to complete the project.


Angela Schrift
(512) 389-8755
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