Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD)
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Funding Source: BP
Controlling Document: NRDA Consent Decree and Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan (PDARP)
Year Awarded: 2014
This 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. A ship free of hazardous materials and at least 200 feet long will be sunk in waters approximately 135 feet deep within the 80-acre permitted reef site. The project will enhance recreational fishing and diving opportunities. This Early Restoration project proposal 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. If the Ship Reef Project becomes technically infeasible (e.g. an appropriate ship cannot be acquired with available funding) the Mid/Upper Texas Coast Alternate Artificial Reef Project (Corpus Artificial Reef Project) would be implemented.