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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1st Place Recreational Kingfish

1st Place Recreational Kingfish 45.75 lbs

2nd Place Recreational Kingfish

2nd Place Recreational Kingfish 34.98 lbs

32rd Place Recreational Kingfish

3rd Place Recreational Kingfish 26.23 lbs

Wahoo Winner

Wahoo Winner 27.91 lbs

Spanish Winner

Spanish Winner 3.19 lbs

Pro Kingfish Winner

Pro Kingfish Winner 33.58 lbs

2017 MBARA Kingfish Tournament Results

We had another great tournament!  There were 528 anglers aboard 131 boats entered in the tournament with 17 boats in the Professional Division and 114 boats in the Recreational Division.  29 fish were weighed and here are the standings and results:

Professional Division

Weight

Boat

Captain

#Anglers

Kingfish

 

 

 

33.58

Southern Lady

Brad Timmins

6

31.17

Miss Mary

Curtis Cain

6

26.16

Best Shot

Jeremy Looney

5

22.20

Never Enough

Melvin Henderson

5

16.86

Legal Hook'N

Byron Rigsby

3

15.15

Congo

John Lamb

3

13.88

The Shark

Charlene Burke

4

Recreational Division

Weight

Boat

Captain

#Anglers

Kingfish

 

 

 

45.75

Hard Tale

Darron Crozier

5

34.98

Salty Mule

Blake Anderson

5

26.23

Family Time

John Thompson

5

25.58

Royal Flush

Harrison Gantt

4

21.97

18.58

Rifraft

Chaos

Frank Bright

Art Dillard

5

4

18.05

5th Day

Joel Humphrey

5

17.31

Southern Rock

David Hargrove

6

17.01

Get Two Gaffs

David Dieckmann

4

16.81

Size Matters

Brian Bradshaw

3

15.23

Logger's Dream

Steve Brant

6

13.76

Nasty Boys

Brannon Rufo

3

13.00

Change Up

Chip Venet

4

11.62

Bud-Gin

Buddy Purvis

3

11.07

Prosport

Paul Jackson

4

10.53

AnnaK8 III

Nicholas Short

4

9.11

Reely Mine

Richard Wolff

3

Weight

Boat

Captain

#Anglers

Wahoo

 

 

 

27.91

Garfin

Finley Cook

4

22.95

Keepin Up

Will Jones

4

Weight

Boat

Captain

#Anglers

Spanish

 

 

 

3.19

Fox Fire

Jayne Redmond

3

3.05

Vitamin Sea

Kris Prince

4

3.03

Double J

Benjamin Orsua

4

2.62

Reality Bites

Clay Strickland

4

2.09

5th Day

Joel Humphrey

5

1.97

Bud-Gin

Buddy Purvis

3

 

 


Angela A. Russell, age 56, life time resident of Augusta, GA entered into rest Dec 29, 2015 at her residence. Angela was a faithful Christian whose life reflected the love of our Heavenly Father. Angela was a dedicated teaching assistant at Glenn Hills Elementary School for 27 years. She is the daughter of the late, Richard L. Anderson. She is survived by her mother, Joan Anderson; son, Daniel R. Russell; future daughter-in-law, Leigh Gordy; her sister, Susan (Bob) Knight; nephew, Kyle Knight; nieces, Ashlyn Knight and Katie Russell; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. A memorial service will be held Sunday, Jan 3, 2016 at 3 PM at Crawford Ave Baptist Church with Kelly McKnight officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association (MBARA) or St Jude. Donations can be made to MBARA online at http://www.mbara.org/stats/donate.cfm or by mailing a check payable to MBARA at PO Box 13006 Mexico Beach, FL 32410. Be sure to reference the Russell Reef on all donations.

             



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6 piling mounted Ecosystems deployed on 25 Apr 2017 under FWC/NRDA Grant 15158.

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6 piling mounted Ecosystems deployed on 3 May 2017 under FWC/NRDA Grant 15158.

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6 piling mounted Ecosystems deployed on 3 May 2017 under FWC/NRDA Grant 15158.

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6 piling mounted Ecosystems deployed on 3 May 2017 under FWC/NRDA Grant 15158.


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