SOUTHWEST FLORIDA – Florida Gulf Coast University researchers are getting closer to installing an artificial reef in the Gulf of Mexico.
They’ve already been approved by the state to put 18 concrete culverts 30 feet below the surface. Researchers have 11 acres of land they can use about eight miles off the coast of Wiggins Pass.
Old Castle Cement Industries donated the large structures. Once underwater, they will become a fish habitat.
Dr. Mike Parsons is a marine science professor at FGCU. He said the artificial reef will help them study and track red tide.