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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.
Billy Gillen Memorial Reef
William Matthew Gillen, Jr.’s legacy will be remembered by many generations to come, the Billy Gillen Memorial Reef was commissioned by his loving wife, Kay Wilson-Gillen, and Billy’s four children. An entrepreneur from Gainesville, Georgia, Billy fell in love with this small fishing camp called Mexico Beach, Florida in 1991. As a large supporter of the MBARA, Billy brought his passion of fishing to his family and friends. Our wish is to preserve our cherished husband, father, grandfather and lifetime friend in this treasured memorial reef as Billy’s legend will never die.
Billy Gillen will be forever missed, forever loved, and live forever in our hearts.
2 Florida Limestone Artificial Reefs and 1 Ecosystems on Piling deployed 7 Apr 2015. Verified by MBARA diver Bob Cox on 8 Apr 2015.
1 Florida Limestone Artificial Reef 8' tall X 10' triangular base. 1 Grouper Reef W/Ecosystem 6'H X 5' W X 10'L. Deployed under FWC Grant Agreement 14019. Position verified by Bob Cox on 8 Apr 2015.
3 Super Reefs with discs mounted at apex. 18 feet high with 18-foot triangular base. Deployed 8 Apr 2015 under FWC Grant Agreement 14019. Position verified by Bob Cox on 8 Apr 2015.
3 Florida Limestone Artificial Reef 8' tall X 10' triangular base. 1 Grouper Reef W/Ecosystem 6'H X 5' W X 10'L. Deployed under FWC Grant Agreement 14019. Position verified by Bob Cox on 8 Apr 2015.
2 Florida Limestone Artificial Reef 8' tall X 10' triangular base. 1 Grouper Reef W/Ecosystem 6'H X 5' W X 10'L. Deployed under FWC Grant Agreement 14019. Position verified by Bob Cox on 8 Apr 2015.
New Reefs Deployed
The MBARA reached a $2-Million milestone in artificial reef building. On 8-7 April 2015, MBARA built 16 new artificial reefs, valued at $181,995, funded by fundraising activities such as our annual Kingfish Tournament, members, sponsors, donors, and grants from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and the Florida Legislature. We increased the size of the John Thompson Memorial Reef that has become a Cobia hot spot. We also built two new memorial reefs; the Billy Gillen Reef and the Jimmy Stephens Family Reef. These new reefs will provide great new marine habitat and enhance our fisheries for many years to come. If you would like help with fundraising and planning, please attend our monthly MBARA meetings and get involved. We meet on the first Thursday of the month at the Mexico Beach Civic Center at 5:30 PM Central time. You can also help by making tax deductible donations to our general reef building fund by mailing a check to MBARA PO Box 13006 Mexico Beach, FL 32410 or click on DONATE to use our online donation feature.
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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:firstname.lastname@example.org