Artificial Reef Design

There are a many different strategies and options for building artificial reefs depending upon the ocean bottom and purpose of the reef (see Artificial Reef Site Selection), the type of reef material (see Artificial Reef Materials) and many other factors.

The diagram below represents one popular way of developing artificial reefs that serve as Essential Fish Habitat, or EFH, which is defined as "those waters and substrate necessary to fish for spawning, breeding, feeding, or growth to maturity." In fact, this design was used in the Suwannee Reef System.

Artificial Reef Design

  • Think these cubes don't hold fish? Watch a video of gag grouper on the Suwanee reef cubes prior to publishing the coordinates to the public > GROUPER VIDEO