Artificial Reefs Overview

Taylor County's offshore marine environment draws diving and fishing enthusiasts from all over the Southeast. With over 50 miles of coastline, Taylor County is in a position to reap major recreational and economic benefits from a successful artificial reef program.

Volunteers are the heart of the Taylor County Artificial Reef Program and play a critical role in the administration of grants and permits, the planning and selection of suitable reef sites, the attainment and deployment of reef materials, and the monitoring of artificial reef fauna.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with the Taylor County Artificial Reef Program, you are encouraged to contact Geoff Wallat, Taylor County Sea Grant Agent at (850) 838-3508.

The construction of artificial reefs is primarily volunteer-based and is a joint effort among government agencies, corporations, foundations, and individuals. Tax deductible donations of material, services, and transportation costs are very important. Donations to the Artificial Reef Program are always welcome and these donations will help to make Taylor County County a better place to live, work, and visit.

One goal of the Taylor County Artificial Reef Program for 2010-2011 was to re-permit the Buckeye Reef Site, and we are pleased to report the permit was reissued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in January 2011. A new goal for 2011-2012 is enhancing the public fishing zone of the Steinhatchee Fisheries Management Area through seeking construction funds from the FWC-Division of Marine Fisheries.

Taylor County Reef Research