PANAMA CITY BEACH — Areas around Panama City are getting new artificial reefs in the coming months.
Bay County officials accepted a $60,000 grant from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to construct 10 new artificial reefs by the end of the summer.
The Panama City News Herald reports each reef will be composed of four pre-manufactured concrete and steel pods arranged in grid pattern about 600 feet apart.
The reefs will provide the hard surface necessary for habitat and reproduction for popular recreational fish including red snapper, grouper and amberjack. A large majority of the submerged land on the continental shelf is sandy and not an ideal breeding ground.
Commissioner Mike Thomas said residents and tourists will be able to bottom fish, troll and dive around the reefs.