Marine Fisheries

Georgia's Artificial Reefs

Posted in Marine Fisheries, Marine Waters

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:

  1. The development of long-term fisheries habitat
  2. The creation of additional and more accessible recreational fishing opportunities
  3. The enhancement and support of local and regional fisheries management efforts.
In addition to the benefits realized by anglers, fish, and the attached reef communities of corals, sponges, hydroids, mollusks, worms, and crabs, artificial reefs also create opportunities for other wildlife. Threatened loggerhead sea turtles utilize the reefs for resting and shelter. Marine mammals such as dolphins frequent the artificial reefs. Seabirds feed on the schools of small baitfish attracted to the artificial reefs.

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