Outdoor adventure campers join quest to build artificial reefs
The Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department recently led an Outdoor Adventures Summer Camp where participants helped construct reef pods that will be deployed later this year as part of the County’s artificial reef program. Port Authority member Steve Barton created a simple reef pod design that students could easily construct. These reef pods will increase deep cover and habitat for a variety of fish, such as juvenile gag grouper and mangrove snapper. Improved fisheries will benefit our local economy through increased tourism opportunities.
This project is a collaborative effort among the Hernando County Parks and Recreation and Aquatic Services/Waterways departments, as well as the Hernando County Land Protectors, a citizen-based organization. The reef pods were made possible through generous donations from Cemex, for time and cement; and Lowes, for the mold construction materials.
Outdoor Adventure campers will have the opportunity to help build more reef pods throughout the summer. Contact Parks and Recreation at (352) 754-4031 for more details.
Contact Aquatic Services/Waterways at (352) 754-5884 for more information about the Artificial Reef program.