Treasure Coast Artificial ReefsWe are very fortunate here on Treasure Coast to have our three coastal counties being proactive in the construction of artificial reefs.These are great fishing and diving locations for all of us here on the Treasure Coast.

When the oportunity presents itself, please support the construction of the artificial reefs. Public funding helps to create these superb fishing habitats.

 

– Martin County –

– The Texas Reef

 

Martin County Artificial Reefs

Deployed in: October, 2002
Location: Lat. N27 11.415′ , Lon. W80 06.522′, within the Donaldson permitted reef area
Depth: 55 feet
Profile: 32 feet
Materials: Steel ship

This artificial reef is composed of limestone rock-rubble originating from the St. Lucie Inlet Navigational Maintenance Project completed in 2002. The site is at the southwest corner of the Donaldson Reef Site within the Three Nautical Mile State Waters Boundary (3-nm State Line), in a water depth of approximately 17 m (55 ft).

Additional materials placed in May 2005 at the Texas Reef Site included 15 Florida Special artificial reef units and bridge rubble including steel spans from the original Jensen Beach Causeway drawbridge. Florida Special Units were arranged around the southern boundary of Texas Reef; additional Florida Special Units were placed within the Donaldson Reef Site seaward of the State Line.

 

– Frances Langford Memorial Reef

 

frances langford memorial reef

Deployed in: Feb-Aug 2005
Location: Lat. N27 13.353′ , Lon. W80 01.046′, within the Sirotkin permitted reef area
Depth: 148-154 feet
Profile: 18 feet
Materials: Steel Reinforced Concrete Slabs, Pilings, Guard Railings, Roadway Sections, Pile Caps, Sidewalk Sections & Bridgetenders

 

– Wickstrom Ship

 

wickstrom ship

Deployed in: January 2003
Location: Lat. N27 13.492′ , Lon. W80 00.318′, within the Sirotkin permitted reef area
Depth: 188 feet
Profile: 71 feet
Materials: Steel freighter

Previously known as the “Lady Laura,” “Tauros,” and U.S. Army FS 553, this 168 ft. coastal freighter is enjoying a new life as a haven for an abundant marine community of deep-water species. Florida Sportsman magazine founder and editor Karl Wickstrom and the Martin County Anglers Club purchased the vessel, and its deployment was a cooperative effort among Martin County and several marine and diving organizations.

Given its depth, distance offshore and proximity to the strong currents of the Gulf Stream, the Wickstrom is appropriate for blue water anglers only. It is an advanced decompression wreck dive requiring a helium/oxygen mix, and should not be attempted by recreational divers.

This amazing deep water site hosts dozens of grouper, amberjack and spadefish. Warsaw Grouper have also been spotted at this location.

In 2005, several Reefmaker units were added to the corridor between the Wickstrom, Tree Barge and High Queen / Zeppo reef sites. These units will add to the available growth structure.

 

– Evans-Crary Bridge Pile

Deployed in: Summer 2000
Location: Lat. N27 09.346′ , Lon. W80 03.368′, within the Ernst permitted reef area
Depth: 75 feet
Profile: 25 feet
Materials: Concrete piles, roadway sections, steel drawbridge leafs, steel lifting gears, cast iron & PVC water main piping, steel & aluminum electrical conduit, concrete handrail & sidewalk sections

Whether you’re diving its intricate surfaces or fishing its thriving waters, the Evans- Crary reef site is guaranteed to deliver an exceptional aquatic experience. Located just five miles offshore from the St. Lucie Inlet, Evans-Crary is MCARP’s most successful artificial reef to date. It is one of our area’s most popular fishing sites, and is also the best intermediate artificial reef dive site in Martin County.

The Evans-Crary Reef offers an amazing array of marine life within a concentrated area (300 ft. long x 80 ft. wide), from barracuda and spotted eagle rays to abundant yellowtail snapper and grouper. Feeding frenzies have been witnessed at this site.

The reef was created with concrete and deck span pieces from the old Evans-Crary Bridge. Its complex surfaces provide an ideal habitat for a diverse marine community, and offer divers a fascinating terrain for exploration.

 

– Bull Shark Barge

 

bull shark barge

Deployed in: December 1986
Location: Lat. N27 08.233′ , Lon. W80 07.344′
Depth: 45 feet
Profile: 9 feet
Materials: Steel Barge

The Bull Shark Barge (Originally named “Vaughn Jordan”) is a Steel Barge that was mistakenly deployed in the wrong non-permitted area due to a Tugboat Captains error on December 3, 1986. It sits upside-down in 45 feet of water approximately 2 miles South of the St. Lucie Inlet due East of the St. Lucie Inlet State Park.

It is heavily encrusted and attracts a large number of fish and fishermen. Cobia, Kingfish, Gag Grouper and African Pompano are common catches. While diving, large schools of Snook and Barracuda are almost always encountered, as are several resident Goliath Grouper.

 

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