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.

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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18th MBARA Kingfish Tournament

Another Continued Success!

 

 1st Place Rec

Pro King

In spite of the devastating weather we had at the Captain's Party on Friday, the MBARA quickly recovered and had another outstanding tournament on Saturday, 23 Aug 2014.  We had 141 boats in the tournament successfully raising more funds to build more reefs in 2015!  We deeply appreciate all our participants plus the sponsors and volunteers steered by Tournament Director, Ron Childs, in making this another fun and wonderful tournament supporting continued reef construction enhancing our fisheries.  We are also pleased with our beautiful 2014 Miss Kingfish, Morgan Guilford, boosting tournament morale and fun!  Click here to see tournament standings. 

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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