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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In Memory of John Breen

John Richard Breen, Sr. was born in Buffalo, NY, on September 16, 1946, and died in St. Joe Beach, FL, on August 18, 2015. He was the son of the late Thomas B. Breen and the late Dorothy Rathke Breen Mang. He was raised in Buena Park, CA, by his mother and step-father the late Harold Mang. John joined the United States Navy in 1964 and served in Vietnam in 1969-1970. He retired from the Navy in 1988, after serving with honor and achieving the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer. He made many life-long friends and traveled all over the world, as he flew and worked as a Load Master on airplanes. John was in law enforcement in North Georgia for 17 years and retired from the Ball Ground, GA, Police Department.

John is a lifetime member of the VFW and is associated with the John C. Gainous VFW Post 10069 in Port St. Joe, Florida. He is also a member of the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association and has been an avid fisherman since childhood. He and his first mate have taken many friends and relatives who vacationed in the area deep sea fishing on The Reef Chief in the Gulf of Mexico. He also enjoyed hunting, cars, and motorcycles in his younger years.

John is survived by two sons, John R. Breen, Jr. of Jasper, GA, and Thomas C. Breen of Kennesaw, GA; Daughter-in-law, Amy Breen of Jasper, GA, and grandson, Eli Breen of Jasper, GA. He is also survived by his life partner and first mate Melba DeLeGal-Joswiak, of St. Joe Beach, Fl, formerly of Forsyth, GA. Melba's children and grandchildren will also miss Grandpa John. He leaves a sister, Millie Stapleton of Whittier, CA. and brothers: Thomas J. Breen of Buffalo, NY, Bill Breen of Fairfield, CT, Randy Mang, Terry Mang, and Mike Mang, all of the Los Angeles area and a host of nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by many friends and fellow fishermen.

There will be a celebration of John's life on Sept. 22, 2015 at in Mexico Beach, FL, at the El Governor Hotel. The family requests donations to Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association "In memory of John Breen, Sr." to help him realize his last wish of becoming part of the sea he loved so much. Donations can be mailed to MBARA, PO Box 13006, Mexico Beach, FL, 32410, or online at http://www.mbara.org/stats/donate.cfm

The family can be reached at 6752 Georgia Ave., St. Joe Beach, FL, 32456, or 1882 Camp Rd., Jasper, GA, 30143.

MB 175 Unnamed
Steel cable reel mounted on a steel stand. Deployed 10 August 2015. Verified by MBARA divers Bob and Carol Cox on 20 August 2015.

MB 174 Unnamed
Steel cable reel mounted on a steel stand. Deployed 10 August 2015. 25 feet long, 18 feet wide and 20 feet high. Verified by MBARA divers Bob and Carol Cox on 18 August 2015.

MB 173 Unnamed
Steel cable reel deployed on 10 August 2015. 14 feet long, 10 feet wide and 14 feet high. Verified by MBARA divers Bob and Carol Cox on 20 August 2015.

MB 172 Unnamed
Steel cable reels mounted on a steel stand. Deployed 10 Aug 2015. 38 feet long, 22 feet wide and 23 feet high. Verified by MBARA divers Bob and Carol Cox on 18 Aug 2015.

Jimmy Stephens Family Memorial Reef
This reef was commissioned by Marie Stephens in loving memory of her husband, Jimmy Stephens and her son, Cody Stephens because of their love of fishing and for the sea. Jimmy Stephens was a generous citizen, friend, and supporter of the MBARA. He was well known for his kindness and spirit among everyone he met and will be greatly missed. 2 Florida Limestone Artificial Reefs and 1 Ecosystems on Piling deployed 7 Apr 2015. Verified by MBARA diver Bob Cox on 8 Apr 2015.