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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Two New Large Reefs Placed on 17 May 2020

Reef Deployment 17 May 2020

Sunday, 17 May 2020, Walter Marine placed two new large reefs in the Crooked Island and Sherman Sites.  This project was planned and executed by the City of Mexico Beach and MBARA with $92,309.50 from State of Florida, Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission using Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill funds from the Natural Resource Damage Assessment Phase III Early Restoration Plan, Florida Artificial Reef Creation and Restoration plan.  MB-255 was constructed in the Crooked Island Site using two 15' Super Reefs, one 15' Super Reef with an Ecosystem nested inside, and nine 8' Florida Limestone Artificial Reefs.  MB-256 was constructed using one 15' Super Reef, two 15' Super Reefs with an Ecosystems nested inside, and eight  8' Florida Limestone Artificial Reefs.    

2019 MBARA Kingfish Tournament

117 Boats entered the tournament.  103 boats in the Recreational Division plus 14 boats in te Professional Division.  Final standings:

2019 MBARA Kingfish Tournament Standings

 

Hurricane Michael Impacts on Artificial Reefs

Hurricane Michael Artificial Reef Assessments

During the month of December, FWC conducted the first phase of side-scan sonar surveys off Mexico Beach to assess impacts to artificial reefs.  Afterwards, they conducted several random exploratory dives to get visual confirmation on sonar recordings.  To view the preliminary results of this ongoing project, visit Initial Hurricane Michael Impact Report  for details and preliminary findings guiding further assements in the near future to better understand what happend.   This data will be used to help MBARA plan future reef construction locations and structure designs to better withstand effects of strong storms.