About the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association (MBARA)

The Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association (MBARA) was formed in January of 1997 and has since deployed over 150 artificial reefs.

The primary function of the organization is the conservation and environmental improvement of our natural and artificial marine reef systems in the Gulf of Mexico near Mexico Beach, Florida, but that is not all that has been done by the organization. Since its inception, the MBARA has also worked very hard to conduct and promote scientific research and evaluation of reef designs, biomass development, and fish productions.

The third function of the MBARA is educating the public about the importance of reef systems to the marine ecosystem, and the impact they have on the coastal communities where they are built. All parties benefit when the information on reefs is disseminated to the public. School children, the organization's members, and the general public need to know all about reefs and reef building in order to help promote conservation and environmental improvement of the marine reef systems.

We need membership support!
Please join today! Your membership dues and tax deductible donations will be used to build new artificial reefs. For your convenience you can JOIN ONLINE.
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We need volunteers!
Are you an experienced diver? Do you have computer and writing skills? We also need writers to process grant applications. We Need Volunteers!

We need donors!
If you don't have time to volunteer, you can still help by making tax deductible contributions for reef building.

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For more details, contact Bob Cox at rcox@mchsi.com

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2018 Recreational 1st Place

1st Place Recreational Kingfish 37.24 lbs

2nd Place Recreational Kingfish 36.87 lbs

3rd Place Recreational Slot 14.61 Kingfish 14.55 lbs

Wahoo Winner 97.88 lbs Tournament Record!

Spanish Winner 4.17 lbs

Pro Kingfish Winner 47.37 lbs

2018 MBARA Kingfish Tournament Results

We had another great tournament!  There were 518 anglers aboard 135 boats entered in the tournament with 17 boats in the Professional Division and 118 boats in the Recreational Division.  Over 100 fish were weighed and 45 recorded for competition.  And, the heaviest fish in the tournaments 22-year history was weighed.  Here are the standings and results:


William Thompson Reiners III Reef
This memorial reef is in honor of William Thompson Reiners III and placed on 20 Apr 2018. The memorial is a 10-foot Florida Limestone Artificial Reef with plaques.

MB-248 Unnamed
On 19-20 Apr 2018, this reef was built under FWC Grant Agreement 17013. The reef runs North and South at approximately 760 feet in length. It consists of 3 Super Reefs, 2 Super Reefs with Ecosystems nested inside, 8 Grouper Reefs, and 5 Florida Limestone Artificial Reefs. See Map PDF under Surveys and Map JPG under Photos:

MB-247 Unnamed
4 Chicken Transport Units welded together in pairs placed on 20 Apr 2018.

Robert Buddy Jacobs Reef
This memorial is in honor Robert "Buddy" Jacobs placed on 20 Apr 2018. It consist of a Florida Limestone Artificial Reef with a plaque and measuring 10 feet tall and 10 feet wide.

Courtney Knight Gaines Memorial
This memorial is in honor of Courtney Knight Gaines placed on 19 Apr 2018. It consists of 3 Super Reefs measuring 16 feet tall and 15 feet wide. One Super Reef has an Ecosystem nested inside.