Georgia's Artificial Reefs
Early artificial reef construction off Georgia was accomplished largely through the efforts of coastal sport fishermen. Although shortterm benefits were realized, the materials quickly deteriorated and were lost. In 1970, the Georgia State Game and Fish Commission initiated a State artificial reef development program. Today, the program is housed within the Coastal Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Funding for the program relies on the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration program, state appropriations, and the assistance of sport fishing clubs, coastal businesses, and private individuals.
Goals of Georgia’s artificial reef program include:
- The development of long-term fisheries habitat
- The creation of additional and more accessible recreational fishing opportunities
- The enhancement and support of local and regional fisheries management efforts.