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25,488 cinderblocks to add 200 acres to RGV Reef’s nursery, which is the first i…


25,488 cinderblocks to add 200 acres to RGV Reef’s nursery, which is the first industrial scale nursery reef in the Gulf, and maybe the first in the world. Special thanks to CCA Texas for funding about half the deployment.
The summer 2017’s nursery deployment overwintered a quarter of a million baby snapper, 97% of which would’ve died out on the flat. This is how we put fish back the Gulf.
The two and three-year-olds out of that group grew to 16 inches and were the small keeper snapper everybody caught through summer of ‘18 to now.
More money means more habitat means more fish, we could sure use help applying for grant funds from family foundations and corporations, or working the City of SPI’s Economic Development Corporation and the Convention Center and Visitors Bureau. Spreading the word to potential donors has been effective too.
Thanks, Friends of RGV Reef.


Friends of Rio Grande Valley Reef is dedicated to assisting on permitting and funding an artificial reef north of the South Padre Island jetties in State waters. Read more…


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  1. The 240,000 number came from researchers that were on the reef in August 2017 diving to do observations for a joint study on immediate post settlement juvenile red snapper. These are the little ones as big as your thumb that are 27 to 60 days old. The research only lasted one year, funded by the One Gulf Project. This was BP money which very promptly ran out. The researchers were from A&M Galveston, the Harte Research Institute in Corpus and UTRGV‘s marine biology department. RGV Reef was selected as the research site. They weren’t really looking for these hand size and up 1M2 year old size guys but there were huge schools of them barging around everywhere. They did some counts and then multiplied by area. Based on what came out of Reef this summer as 2 and 3 year olds, that number passes some basic smell tests. Take a look at the eight cinderblocks in the picture above, and count the snapper.
    We put down 67,000 cinderblocks in 2017 along with a bunch other concrete rip rap. See if you think that’s enough habitat for that many fish.

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