<=BackTTMB Reef Enhancement Project Proposal
52+ members of the TTMB fishing club will donate their time boats and equipment to construct, deploy, and monitor these reef balls.
No public funds will be required to implement the project. 100% of the funds needed to see this project through completion will come from the TTMB members, corporate donations, and fund raising events. The mold for the reef balls will be purchased immediately upon receipt of a permit to do this work. Funds are currently in place for the purchase of the reef ball mold. Donations of land to construct the reef balls on is secured. Funds for the materials to construct the 1000 reef balls is also secured.
Location of existing fish haven
Eastern Marker Lat. 29 09.202 Long. 095 07.282
Western Marker Lat. 29 09.114 Long 095 07.319
Note: These coordinates were taken on 6-17-2000 and are approximately 10 feet from the actual pilings. Due to the weather conditions, 10 feet was as close as could safely be approached.
Since the fish haven is
already clearly marked on commonly available charts, as well as being
marked by two 10’ pilings, it is well known to local mariners. The site is
.88 nautical miles from the nearest marked channel (ICW). The
existing bottom depth is 6.5 feet, and would be reduced to 5.0 feet
in the enhanced area. If it is determined by the USCG that a buoy is
required, the buoy would be deployed prior to the start of the
Effect on commercial interests
No commercial interests are anticipated to be affected by either the enhancement of the existing artificial reef or the deployment of the reef balls. This area is currently well marked, and not utilized by the local trawl fleet.
The deployment(s) would be scheduled on Saturdays, and would occur from private recreational vessels of the type normally used in the area for fishing and recreation.
Reef Balls are EPA approved for
habitat enhancement . (See EPA Publication
EPA842-F-00-005S, reprinted at http://www.reefball.com/charharb/epa.htm).
. All reef balls will be
manufactured under the
Project need considerations
The current fish haven is badly silted over after 15+ years of existence. The initially achieved environmental benefits of the fish haven artificial reef will be completely lost if some type of restoration or enhancement project is not undertaken soon. Restoration of the original artificial reef is not an economically feasible or environmentally preferable alternative to enhancement.
Enhancing this habitat, using modern technology will provide habitat for oysters, fish, shell fish, and various other types of marine life.
The images below are a reef ball before deployment and one year afterwards.
Success of Reef Ball Projects
Over 100,000 reef balls have been deployed in over 15,000 artificial reef projects throughout the world, and the success of these projects has been well documented by the scientific community. (See the research compendium prepared by the Reef Ball Development Group at http://www.reefball.com/research.htm).
TTMB’s proposed enhancement of the fish haven artificial reef through the use of reef ball technology will provide a direct and quantifiable environmental benefit to the West Galveston Bay Area, while requiring no outlay of public funds. The project will have no negative impacts on navigation or applicable commercial interests. TTMB looks forward to your positive review of this project, and certainly welcomes any comments or suggestions which may help us to reach our project goals.