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January 26th, 2013 | Author:

The first Northwest Florida Artificial Reef Workshop since 2006 will be held February 19 – 20, 2013 at the Niceville Community Center. For Registration and Agenda Info visit: http://2013nwfarworkshop.eventbrite.com/

Join UF/IFAS Florida Sea Grant, FWC Artificial Reef Program, NW FL County Artificial Reef Programs, Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association, and Emerald Coast Artificial Reef Association for the 2013 NW Florida Artificial Reef Workshop. General registration for all events is $40.00 (lunch and dinner included). Register now by clicking on the NW FL Artifical Reef General Registration ticket!

Can’t make the entire workshop? Don’t miss the FREE Evening Expo, 6-8 pm, February 19, 2013, register now by clicking on the NW FL Artificial Reef Workshop Free Evening Expo Only, 6-8 pm, February 19, 2013 ticket!

Commercial vendors interested in display space to promote their business and products are welcome. Vendor registration is $100.00 (includes general registration for 1 person). Register now by clicking on the NW FL Artificial Reef Workshop Vendor registration ticket!

August 07th, 2011 | Author:

A new  University of Florida study finds artificial reefs are economic boon and  enjoy widespread public support.   The study of artificial reef use in six southwest Florida counties shows the structures lure a lot more than fish.

The reefs, which provide habitat for popular sport fish and other marine life, pulled more than $253 million into the region during one year, the study found. Though it costs nothing more than a saltwater fishing license to use the submerged structures as a fishing spot, anglers spend money on food, lodging, fuel, tackle and other necessities.

The UF and Florida Sea Grant study looked at money generated by artificial reefs in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee counties in 2009. Researchers found that $136 million came from residents, while $117 million was spent by visitors.

Download the study here.