The Eternal Reefs story began in the 1980's when a diverse group
of college friends began scuba diving together. Over the years they
became more and more concerned about the worsening condition of the
natural reef formations and the environment. Led by the founder of
the Reef Ball Development Group, the circle of friends decided to
try to make a difference in the world's oceans. Mold systems were
developed for the artificial reef modules which closely mimic
natural formations with environmentally friendly
Authorized Reef Ball contractors produce these
units for state agencies and many private organizations worldwide.
By the end of 1998, RBDG had over 40,000 united in the water. RBDG's
technology has become the world
leader in scientifically designed artificial reefs.
sea is a tradition as old as mankind. The Eternal Reefs tradition
began with a song. Carleton Glen Palmer, a concert pianest and
musician, desired to have the rhythm of the sea around him for
eternity. He asked his daughter and son-in-law, developers of
artificial reefs, to have his cremated remains put in a reef. As
Carleton put it, "I can think of nothing better than having all that
action going on around me all the time after I am gone. Just make
sure the location has lots of red snapper and grouper." Carleton
also wanted an environmental legacy for his grandchildren. On June
1, 1998 a memorial reef was deployed and dedicated to Carleton Glen
Palmer. Fish immediately began to inhabit the reef and natural
marine life started to form.
Carleton Palmer's story
spread to manypeople. The wonderful response lead the family of
Carleton Palmer, founding members of Reef Ball Development Group, to
create Eternal Reefs.
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