40 artificial reefs sunk off Florida Panhandle

PANAMA CITY BEACH — Authorities have lowered 40 artificial reefs into the Gulf of Mexico off a Florida Panhandle county.

The rock and concrete structures were sunk Thursday in the waters off Bay County as part of a grant from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Each piece weighs more than 4,000 pounds.

Bay County extension agent Scott Jackson tells The News Herald that the reefs will attract snapper, grouper and bait fish. County Commissioner Bill Dozier says artificial reefs help boost fishing and tourism.

The reefs are built to last about 20 years. Another 230 artificial reefs are in development for Bay County.

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TaxiManSteve writes:

Only 20 years? I can see steel ships not lasting but rock and concrete? The environment is that dynmaic?

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