Outdoor adventure campers join quest to build artificial Reefs

Outdoor Adventures Summer Campers helped construct reef pods that will be deployed later this year as part of Hernando 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 be used to increase deep cover and habitat for a variety of fish, such as juvenile gag grouper and mangrove snapper.

A simple reef pod was designed by Steve Barton for the Camp.

Improved fisheries will benefit our local economy through increased tourism opportunities.

This project is a collaborative effort among the Hernando County Parks and Recreation, Aquatic Services/Waterways  departments, and the Hernando County Land Protectors, a citizen-based organization.

Campers watch the cement pour down into the molds they had constructed to make artificial reef pods.

The reef pods were made possible through generous donations from Cemex, for time and cement; and Lowes, for the mold construction materials.

The cement flows into molds and then hardens into reef pods to help Hernando County build its artificial reef structures, giving local fish more places to hang out on Florida’s Adventure Coast.

Outdoor Adventure campers will have the opportunity to help build more reef pods throughout the summer. Contact Hernando County 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.