The United States Environmental Protection Agency published in the
“Demonstration Projects Series” a report titled, “Punta Gorda Waterfront
Juvenile Fisheries Habitat Project” about Reef Balls. We encourage
everyone interested in Reef Balls under docks or in estuaries to order a
copy of this publication
EPA842-F-00-005S (Call 513-489-8190 after the 1st of March…it’s free).
The article summary is as follows:
- The Reef Balls colonized with oysters and other
marine organisms much more quickly than
expected under the private docks.
- Within weeks of deployment, large numbers of
juvenile and adult fish were utilizing the
structures deployed under private docks.
- Water monitoring efforts over the last twelve
months around the Reef Balls under private
docks have shown "better than expected" levels
of dissolved oxygen.
- Reef Balls placed in the harbor were colonized
quickly, but crab predation scoured larger
organisms. However, regrowth occurred and
different species of fish are now attracted to the
- Obtaining permits required considerable time and
effort. The great success of the project has
encouraged state agencies to allow this innovative
project to be duplicated in other areas of Florida.
Some nice quotes,
“The project was initiated by a group of conservation minded fishermen who
formed the Charlotte Harbor Reefs Assocation…During the planning phases it
was determined that concrete Reef Balls were the most environmentally
compatible and appropriate type of fishery habitat for the project.”
“It is expected that the great success of this project (Reef Balls under
docks) will encourage state agencies to allow this kind of project to be
conducted in other areas of Florida”
“The response from private residences to have Reef Balls placed under
docks was overwhelming. More than 150 waterfront residents were willing
to pay for Reef Balls to be placed under their docks”
“Requests for further information regarding this project continue to come
in. The State of Florida is looking at this project as a potential form
of mitigation for wetland projects”
We'll have a full copy of the article up on our website www.reefball.com
within a day or two.