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Recent Deployments of Artificial Reefs

Specific information from the diving community on any Miami-Dade County artificial reefs is always welcomed. Please email the Artificial Reef Program with any of the following information:

  • Name of artificial reef, if known
  • Confirmed center GPS points
  • Depth and relief/profile of the reef
  • Orientation of the vessel
  • Changes in the artificial reef since your last visit
  • Digital photos of the artificial reefs

August 2013

On August 31, 2013, marine biologists from Miami-Dade County joined ReefGuard and other volunteer divers to conduct the 3rd Annual Fish Survey on the artificial reefs that make up the Belzona Wreck Trek, including the two Connection Reefs deployed in 2011.

Wreck-Trek Fish Survey Event

3rd Annual Fish Survey

June 2013

On June 24, 2013, the 16th Eternal Reefs array consisting of four memorial Reef Balls was deployed at the Sunny Isles Artificial Reef Site. The Reef Balls were deployed in about 69' of water with 3' of relief. The Reef Balls are adjacent to other concrete artificial reef deployments.

Name

Description

Date Deployed

Depth

Latitude

Longitude

 


Eternal Reefs #16 

4 memorial reef balls

June 14, 2013

69'

25° 54.575 N

80° 05.370 W

Eternal Reefs #16

February 2013

On February 12, 2013, the 15th Eternal Reefs array consisting of seven memorial Reef Balls was deployed at the Golden Beach Artificial Reef Site. The Reef Balls were deployed in about 43' of water with 3' of relief. The Reef Balls are adjacent to other reef ball deployments and three boulder "patch" reefs.

Name

Description

Date Deployed

Depth

Latitude

Longitude

 


Eternal Reefs #15 

7 memorial reef balls

February 12, 2013

43'

25° 57.792 N

80° 05.874 W

Eternal Reefs #15

August 2012

On August 20, 2012, the 14th Eternal Reefs array consisting of six memorial Reef Balls was deployed at the Golden Beach Artificial Reef Site. The Reef Balls were deployed in about 43' of water with 3' of relief. The Reef Balls are adjacent to other reef ball deployments and three boulder "patch" reefs.

Name

Description

Date Deployed

Depth

Latitude

Longitude

 


Eternal Reefs #14 

6 memorial reef balls

August 13, 2012

43'

25° 57.782 N

80° 05.884 W

Eternal Reefs #14

July 2012

On July 14, 2012, marine biologists from Miami-Dade County joined ReefGuard and other volunteer divers to conduct the 2nd Annual Fish Survey on the artificial reefs that make up the Belzona Wreck Trek, including the two Connection Reefs deployed in 2011.

2nd Fish Survey 2nd Fish Survey

February 2012

On February 20, 2012, the 13th Eternal Reefs array consisting of five memorial Reef Balls was deployed at the Golden Beach Artificial Reef Site. The Reef Balls were deployed in about 43' of water with 3' of relief. The Reef Balls are adjacent to other reef ball deployments and three boulder "patch" reefs.

Name

Description

Date Deployed

Depth

Latitude

Longitude

 


Eternal Reefs #13 

5 memorial reef balls

February 20, 2012

43'

25° 57.772 N

80° 05.884 W

Eternal Reefs #13

July 2011

With partial funding from a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Grant, four connection artificial reefs were constructed utilizing limerock boulders and donated concrete from July 11-20, 2011.

Two of these reefs are located in the inshore Mercy Artificial Reef Site and connect existing concrete and limerock artificial reefs. The other two connection reefs are located in the offshore Key Biscayne Special Management Zone.

The connection reefs at this site are part of the larger Belzona Wreck Trek and connect the Belzona II tug to the Belcher Barge and the Belcher Barge to the Parker-Schurger Barge complex. These new reefs will provide habitat connection for marine organism, additional fishing spots and a visual trail for divers to follow to enjoy the reefs.

On July 23, 2013, marine biologists from Miami-Dade County along with ReefGuard and other volunteer divers conducted the first annual survey on the Belzona Wreck Trek to count the fish utilizing these artificial reefs. 

Name

Description

Date Deployed

Depth

Latitude

Longitude

 


Mercy Conn-ection A 

110 tons of
concrete and limerock

July 11, 2011

12'

25° 44.339
N

80°
12.610 W

Mercy Connection A

Mercy Conn-ection A

110 tons of
concrete and limerock

July 13, 2011

12'

25° 44.328
N

80°
12.599 W

Mercy Connection B

Key Biscayne Conn-ection A

110 tons of
concrete and limerock

July 20, 2011

60'

25° 41.808
N

80°
05.275 W

Key Biscayne Connection A

Key Biscayne Conn-ection B

110 tons of
concrete and limerock

July 18, 2011

64'

25° 41.812
N

80°
05.255 W

Key Biscayne Connection B

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Reef and Mooring Buoy Finder

Reef and Mooring Buoy GIS

The Reef and Buoy Finder GIS page includes information on artificial reefs and offshore mooring buoys managed by Miami-Dade County, including their coordinates and much more.

 
 
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