Reef Education

Since it's incorporation in 1997 the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association (MBARA) has had as part of it misson the task of educating the public on the values of sustainable artificial reef fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico. The MBARA's website is used by educators as a source for information on sustainable artificial reef fisheries. The site offers video as well as still photography which is available for an educator to include in curricula.

The MBARA has also hosted marine ecosystem and artificial reef workshops for adults, as well as for children in public schools allowing many youngsters their first opportunity to get up close and personel with our marine ecosystems. For additional information about the MBARA's educational program contact Dr. Ron Childs.

Young Students Interested in Artificial Reef Programs

The MBARA is honored to exhibit the science project of Felisse Richard. She built this model of an artificial reef system illustrating the benefits and efforts we are making to restore damaged and lost marine habitats. Felisse is a 6th grade student at Emerald Coast Middle School and we hope to see her become a bright Marine Biologist some day!

Education Articles

Artificial Reefs: Why they are Important to the Marine Ecosystem

Red Snapper in the Gulf of Mexico and U.S. South Atlantic: Data, Doubt, and Debate

A Life History Review for Red Snapper in the Gulf of Mexico with an Evaluation of the Importance of Offshore Petroleum Platforms and Other Artificial Reefs

Rigs to Reefs: Viable for the Deep?


Invertebrates associated with gorgonians in the northern Gulf of Mexico

UF study finds artificial reefs are economic boon; enjoy widespread public support

Goliath Grouper Succes Story

Goliath Grouper Facts or Fiction a Scientific Study

Lionfish Reporting and Medical Treatment

Progress on a plan to protect the Gulf

And now the good news about oil rigs

Beach's new snorkeling reef teeming with fish in Pensacola

A quantitative framework to evaluate the attraction–production

Effects of increased habitat complexity on fish assemblages

Do Artificial Reefs Increase Regional Fish Production? A Review of Existing Data

Artificial reefs and fisheries exploitation: a review of the ‘attraction versus production’ debate, the influence of design and its significance for policy

Old fishing pier slowly becoming new Gulf reef

Artificial Reefs May Be Answer To Fishing Ban

Nonprofit blasts plan to sink USS Arthur W. Radford for artificial reef

Community asset or underwater junkyard?

Reef balls memorialize loved ones

Volusia hopes artificial reefs will offset federal ban on snapper, grouper fishing

Catch Shares by ESPN

Are Catch Shares on the Rise in U.S. Fisheries?

Ocean Council Moving Full Steam Ahead

White House’s Ocean Policy Initiative

What the NOC means for anglers

Mexico Beach Marine Life Guide

Artificial reefs the answer to fishing ban?

County commissioners, city council battle frustrated crowd, discuss oil and future plans

Universisty of Florida-Artificial Reef Design

Relief Well Operations Overview - Kent Wells and Relief Well Team - 27 June 2010

Culled out - Obama administration will accept no more public input for federal fishery strategy

The Economic Benefits Associated with Florida's Artificial Reefs (FE 649, Aug 2009)

2010 Florida Artificial Reef Summit Abstracts and Program (TP 170, Jan. 2010)

Understanding the Ecology of Artificial Reefs: No Simple Answers (SBEG 65, Jan 2010)

Video: Artificial "Reef-Ex" Project 2009

R.F.A. Files Suit Against Red Snapper Closure

The Economic Benefits Associated with Florida's Artificial Reefs

Crenshaw: Fisheries Council Move to Close Red Snapper Fishery Poses Grave Impact to Commercial and Recreational Industry

Angry fishermen plan protests of limits on snapper and other popular Gulf fish

Plan leaves snapper anglers empty handed

State Governors Speak Out Against Looming Closures

Professors Expose ‘Science’

Red snapper limits for 2010 could be set at one fish per day

Fishermen to protest — by land and by sea

Mexico to build world’s largest underwater museum

Imperiled fish need help to recover

Feds weighing unprecedented fishing closure

Feds unexpectedly close recreational amberjack season

Statement of Senator Don Gaetz Opposing National Marine Fisheries Service Sudden Closing of Amberjack Season

Federal regulations hurting charter boat business

New National Oceans and Great Lakes Policy Proposal Ignores $125 Billion Recreational Fishing's Economic Impact

Pew plan a travesty for Australia: Fishermen don't matter

Possible ban on snapper, grouper fishing would be large-scale

Shimano News Release - White House Oceans Policy

Feds to 60 Million American Anglers: We don't need you

The Great Truncation Myth

Management rules to end overfishing to go to public hearings

New Video - Behind the scenes creating a new artificial reef for SCUBA divers in Nassau, Bahamas

Red Snapper Public Hearings

MBARA Tournament Sets Record

The Great Carrier Reef – Diving the USS Oriskany

Nurturing Reefs

Cremation companies aid sea life after death

U.S. Rep. John Mica wades into proposed snapper ban

Red Snapper Medics Studying The Crash

Red Snapper Medics Studying The Crash

U.S. Rep. John Mica wades into proposed snapper ban

Fishing reefs being rebuilt step by step

Electrified coral reef off Florida gets federal OK

New Grouper Reef Makes Debut in Gulf

Glug, Glug, Glug; Tug to become new reef

Red snapper off Alabama are growing faster these days

Electrified reef gets initial go-ahead in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea

Sink it: Reef group wants barge submerged

Scientist: Snapper Booming in Gulf, Not Overfished

County to hold public meeting on reef project

Special Artificial Reef Conditions of ACOE

MBARA, Mexico Beach Receive State Grant for more Reefs

Report finds fishing boosts the job market

Artificial reefs bring big fish, big dollars

FWC January Hotsheet

A Perspective of the Importance of Artificial Habitat on the Management of Red Snapper in the Gulf of Mexico

Gulf Grouper Summary

Reef Structures Installed in San Diego Bay to Protect and Increase Species Diversity

REEF GRIEF: Destin wants artificial reefs under new management

County OKs Corps Realignment

Subway Cars become Artificial Reef

5 Incredible Underwater Habitats

56,000 Ton Artificial Reef

Lauderdale-by-the-Sea will try electricity to stimulate coral growth off South Florida coast

America's Underwater Junkyard

Law and sporting ethics conflict

County Works on Artificial Reef Program

Bay Board Floats Reefs Plan

Green Diving: Greenpeace ECOsabotage

Wildlife 2060: What's at stake for Florida?

Artificial reefs up for debate at meeting Thursday

Scientific Research Indicates Abundant Red Snapper Populations

MBARA Builds New Reefs

Revised Status of Gulf of Mexico Gag Grouper

Fishermen fear new reef regs

Old Ship Could Bring New Life to Coast

Islands in The Stream - Part 1

Islands in the Stream - Part 2

No Shortage of Red Snapper - Video 1

No Shortage of Red Snapper - Video 2

RFRA Promo

East China province expands artificial reefs to rehabilitate fish stocks

Census Bureau Rates Florida Top Fishing Destination

TDC committee approves artificial reef

St. Lucie County selling reef naming rights for $20,000

Long-term artificial reef project may break grouper "bottleneck"

Gulf Red Snapper Regs Get Overhaul

Orange Beach Red Snapper Fishing

A novel solution to red snapper debate

Reefs Could Be Top Draw

Atlantis Reef Project

Reef Fish Restoration Association

Once lauded artificial tire reef now an ecologica


Okaloosa County Charting The Way

MBARA - The Star Article

Draft National Artificial Reef Plan

Tax Dollars for Sport Fish Restoration

Fresh Water Artificial Reefs

National Artificial Reef Plan

The Governance of Artificial Reefs

Old Ships Available

Fishing Brings Billions to Florida

The Rigors of Reef Building

Economic Impact