MB-160 Unnamed
2 Super Reef W/Ecosystem Discs 17' tall X 15' triangular base. 1 Super Reef W/Rebar Steeple 25' tall X 15' triangular base. Deployed 1 Apr 2014 under FWC Grant 13129. Verified by MBARA divers Bob and Carol Cox on 3 Jul 2014.

MB-159 Unnamed
1 Super Reef W/Ecosystem Discs 17' tall X 15' triangular base. 1 Super Reef W/Rebar Steeple 25' tall X 15' triangular base. Deployed 1 Apr 2014 under FWC Grant 13129. Verified by MBARA divers Bob and Carol Cox on 3 Jul 2014.

BWO 6
Super Reef W/Ecosystem Discs 17' tall X 15' triangular base. Deployed 1 Apr 2014 under FWC Grant 13129. Verified by MBARA divers Bob and Carol Cox on 18 Jul 2014. This reef is dedicated to Bluewater Outriggers for their continuous outstanding contributions and support to the MBARA each year.

Bill Horn's Reef
In recognition of contributions to Florida’s artificial reef program, this reef is named in honor of Bill Horn for his outstanding support of the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association, City of Mexico Beach, and retirement from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission this day of September 30th, 2014. 1 Super Reef W/Rebar Steeple 25' tall X 15' triangular base. Deployed 1 Apr 2014 under FWC Grant 13129. This reef is the first Super Reef of its kind deployed in Florida.

The Courtney Knight Gaines Foundation Reef
This reef is dedicated to the Courtney Knight Gaines Foundation for its outstanding support to the MBARA. 4 Florida Limestone Artificial Reefs and 1 Grouper Reef/Ecosystems Unit deployed 31 Mar 2014 under FWC Grant 13129.

MB-155 Unnamed
2 Florida Limestone Artificial Reefs and 1 Grouper Reef/Ecosystems Units deployed 31 Mar 2014 under FWC Grant 13129.

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In Memory of Jimmy Stephens

Jimmy Stephens

  

 On 17 December 2014, the MBARA and community lost a great and generous citizen, friend, and supporter. Jimmy Stephens was well known for his kindness and spirit among everyone he met and will be greatly missed.  In memory of Jimmy and in lieu of flowers, donations are being accepted to help construct a memorial reef in his honor.  A memorial service will be held after the reef is placed in the Spring of 2015.  If you would like to donate, you can do it online or by mail.   For online donations using PayPal or debit/credit card, click on DONATE.  In the processing steps, please add a memo that your donation is for the "Jimmy Stephens Memorial Reef Fund".  You can also mail a check payable to the MBARA by mailing it to MBARA P.O. Box 13006 Mexico Beach, FL 32410.  Be sure to add a memo for the "Jimmy Stephens Memorial Reef Fund" on your check.   If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Bob Cox at rcox@mchsi.com

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MBARA Membership Pays Rewards!

The MBARA will hold its annual membership drawing for a nice rod & reel combo!  Be sure to join MBARA and have a chance to win!  All proceeds go to building more artficial reefs for your enjoyment!


About us: 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.

We need volunteers! Are you an experienced diver?  Do you have computer and writing skills?   We also need writers to process grant applications.  If you don't have time to volunteer, you can still help by joining MBARA and making tax deductible contributions for reef building.  For more details, contact Bob Cox at mailto:rcox@mchsi.com