Your help is needed:
A group of dedicated volunteers from several fishing clubs and the Coastal Conservation Association is submitting a grant proposal from Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission for an artificial reef off the coast of Port Canaveral. This “reef” will be in addition to other artificial reefs in a designated, well-managed artificial reef site. The reef structures will be locally constructed using native limestone & concrete in the shape of pyramids. These “pyramids” will increase viable habitat for key recreational and commercial fish species along Florida’s Space Coast. This valuable project will allow enhancement of an educational reef system for hands-on learning & research, enhance recreational diving and fishing opportunities for the Space Coast and the region, relieve over-fishing as well as the monitoring & removal of invasive species.
The matching funding is in place. The site has approved permitting and is “shovel ready”.
As part of the proposal, FWC is requesting Letters-of-Support from the community.
There appears to be a lot of competition this year. So a quick letter of support from you will boost our grant “score” which will help those grant dollars come to the Space Coast so we can add fishing structure to improve our world-class fishing/diving while benefiting our marine environment.
Please take a moment to draw up a quick of letter of support and email it to me or send to the address below no-later than March 10th. This will greatly enhance the chance for the Space Coast to be awarded the grant funds. It doesn’t matter what you say. It’s the number of support letters that count. See above for some general ideas.
Please send to: Brevard County Natural Resources
c/o Matt Culver
2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Bldg A, Rm 219
Viera, FL 32940
Or you can email it me at:[email protected]
Volunteer for the Space Coast Artificial Reef Advisory Board
Hope it all works well for you guys / gals of the Port
Mitigation reefs cost from $500,000 to $1.5 million as was the case for the port Miami reef and similar numbers but a bit higher for the Brevard Reach 3 near shore reef.
Other artificial reefs costs are based on what is sunk, modules can cost upwards of $2000 each not including deployment.
Also remember that if a reef is deployed seaward of the line of demarcation, which is shore in many areas, an ABS certified barge is required with a cost upwards of $10,000 per day.
The $500,000 to $1.5 million is per acre
Miami was 11.4 acres at $1.5 million for a total of around $17 million , Brevard is a $13.5 million and I think its only 6 - 7 acres.