Reef Building Begins in March 
The 2016 year will feature approximately $1,500,000 worth of new reefs going out off of Mexico Beach and Port St. Joe.  The FWC (Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission) funds and the NRDA (Nautural Resource Damage Assessment from the BP oil spill) funds obtained with grants will be combined with funds generated by the MBARA from the Kingfish Tournament, shirts sales, memorial reefs, donations, GPS chips, GPS booklets, and sales of cookbooks. 

The reef building operation will occur February - April with the first deployment of $85,000 worth of artificial reefs.  It will be from the FWC and will be in the permitted areas named North Site, Bridge Span Site, and the South Site.  In addition, approximately $22,000 in memorial reefs will placed bring the project total up to $107,000.   

In the summer of 2016 another 591 structures consisting of Super Reefs, pyramids, Grouper Reefs, and Ecosystem modules will be deployed in the permitted sites of Bell Shoals, Crooked Island, and Sherman Sites. 

The Crooked Island Site is new and is approximately 3-4 miles offshore in 60-75 feet of water.  The Sherman Site is new and is approximately 6-9 miles offshore in around 75-80 feet of water.  Both new permit sites are in state waters.


2016 Kingfish Tourney Planning Underway 
The 2016 20th Anniversary of the MBARA will feature a kingfish tournament that will be super again.  The date is August 27 so set your calendar.   The new t-shirt will have a Guy Harvey kingfish print that Mr. Harvey has so graciously given us for our tournament shirt. 


2016 Tournament Has New Miss Kingfish
We have a new Miss Kingfish, a new shirt, a new magazine, and new raffle items and door prizes.   Make your plans to attend on August 26 and 27. 


Exciting Local Events
Mexico Beach Gumbo Cook-Off
February 20
10:00 am in park by El Governor Motel
Sample great gumb from 25 different chefs
Beer,  wine, soft drinks available with hot dogs and barbeque
Live music to entertain you as well
Funds go to fireworks on July 4

St. George Island Chili Cookoff and Auction
March 5
10:00 am
Sample all the chili you want
Plenty to eat and drink
Funds go to Volunteer Fire Department on St. George Island

Winter Bay Day on St. Joseph Bay
February 6
Shrimp boil lunch
Open house
Take a tour of Buffer Preserve
Live music


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Memorial Reefs Available for Purchase
The MBARA has a wonderful program of memorial reefs that can be purchased to remember a loved one or as a purchase by a business or corporation.  Check out the Memorial Reef tab on our home page of for complete information and pricing.  


Help MBARA with Your Shopping at Amazon
Did you know you can donate to MBARA every time you shop on Amazon?  It is easy to register. Just click on this link to designate MBARA as your charity of choice: . Afterwards, go to to do your shopping. It is the same site as Amazon, but every time you make a purchase Amazon will donate a percentage to MBARA! Once you see how easy it is, please share your experience with your friends and family.


Underwater Videos of our Reefs
Do you want to see whats happening on our reefs?  See the latest underwater videos produced by Bob Cox on the MBARA  Video Channel at YouTube.  Click on  MBARA Video Channel and subscibe and see the latest videos.   Bob says to check the channel periodically for new videos recently added. 


Monthly MBARA Meetings
MBARA conducts monthly meetings at 5:30 PM (Central Time) the first Thursday of the month at the Mexico Beach Civic Center.  Members and the public are welcome to attend.  If you want to get involved, please attend meetings regularly to see what you can do to help MBARA grow and build more reefs.