Matagorda Artificial Reef Project

Project Overview

Implementing Organization
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD)

DWH Project Funding


Known Leveraged Funding


Funding Organization

Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)

Funding Program

Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA)

Project Location: Texas

Funding Source: BP
Controlling Document: NRDA Consent Decree and Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan (PDARP)
Year Awarded: 2014

Project Details

Project Category

Project Actions

Engineering and/or Construction

Targeted Resources

Corals / Coral Reefs Sea Turtles

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.

Project Contact

Project Partners


Affiliated Institutions


Project ID: 340
Project Name: Matagorda Artificial Reef Project
SourceUID: 36
Latitude: 28.51696707
Longitude: -95.78124494
Country: United States of America
State or Province: Texas
County: Unknown
Project Category: Recreational Use
Project Action: Engineering and/or Construction
Additional Project Action(s):
Additional Project Action(s):
Targeted Resource(s): Corals / Coral Reefs
Targeted Resource(s): Sea Turtles
Targeted Resource(s):
Anticipated Project Completion Year: 2016
Implementing Organization: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD)
Implementing Organization Type: State
Point of Contact – Name: Angela Schrift
Point of Contact – Phone:
Point of Contact – Email: 512-389-8755
Other Partners: None
Affiliated Institutions: None
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Acres Acquired: 0
Close Year: 0
Close Month: 0
Close day: 0
Purchase Type: None
Landowner: None
Landowner Type: None
Purpose: None
Public Access: None
Easement Holder Name : None
Easement Holder Type: None
Secondary Easement Holder 1: None
Secondary Easement Holder 2: None
Duration: None
Term: 0
Land Restoration Acreage: 0
Aquatic Restoration Acreage: 0
Restoration Mileage: 0
Restoration Feet: 0
Additional Acreage: None
Total Dollar Amount (from all funders): 3552398
DWH Funder: Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)
DWH Funder Type: Joint
DWH Funding Program: Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA)
DWH Dollar Amount : 3552398
DWH Source: BP
Fund Origin: Civil Settlement
Controlling Documents: NRDA Consent Decree and Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan (PDARP)
Award Year: 2014
Award Month: 0
Total Amount Leveraged: 0