Improving Our Ecosystem By Building The Largest Industrial Scale Nursery Reef in the World.
RGV REEF is located 12 miles north of the South Padre Island jetties and within state territorial waters, it covers 1650 acres. It is by far the largest Reef off the Texas coast and has the most material.
Besides the nursery reef, it also contains increasing height patch reefs to carry multiple species through their life cycles. With 23,000 tons (46,000,000 lbs.) of material, primarily recycled concrete, RGV Reef is currently 3/4th completed and has been increasing Juvenile Red Snapper survival by an estimated 240,000 fish annually.
We talk a lot about Red Snapper, because that is where the research is. All the Gulf fish evolved to do better living on or utilizing hard substrate reef. When you build it right for all the life staged of Red Snapper, it’s built right for all the fish on the continental shelf.
Enbridge Corporation funds research in RGV Reef for first (and we are talking the first in the world) reef wide carbon capture study. Wild claims of billions of tons of carbon captured by artificial and natural reefs notwithstanding, there are no peer reviewed published scientific studies actually measuring and quantifying the amount. We’re gonna fix that.
L-R Pete Sheffield of Enbridge Corporation, US Congressman Vicente Gonzalez, Dr Richard Kline Professor of Marine Sciences at UTRGV, Gary Glick, the chango in the middle, County Commissioners Sofia Benavides, and Joey Lopez, and SPI Councilman Ken Medders, Jr.
Our Mission is to put fish back in the Gulf of Mexico by restoring lost nursery reefs, and then providing graduating sized stepping stones of complex habitat to carry multiple species through their life stages.
Why the RGV Reef Project?
Decades of trawl fishing have destroyed nursery reefs and degraded the bottom of the Gulf’s food chain. RGV Reefs managers are advised by the top Biologist across the Gulf of Mexico. RGV Reef is the only reef being built with graduated stepping stones of reef habitat that carry all the gulfs species through their life stages.
How is it done?
The premise is simple but unique; complex high profile materials for the big fish, low diffuse material nursery for the little fish.
We strive to create a self-sustaining artificial reef with the stepping stones of habitat to increase the fish population.
The only Reef off the Texas coast that is being built with graduated stepping stones
Support the RGV reef
The premise is simple but unique, complex high profile materials for the big fish, low diffuse material nursery for the little fish.
At 1650 acres, it’s the largest artificial reef off the Texas Coast, and certainly the most complex. The large size is to accommodate the very first industrial scale reef fish nursery in the Gulf.