Tuesday, March 2, 2021

New Artificial Reefs Deployed Off Panama City Beach

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The waters off Panama City Beach in Florida, USA will soon have a new attraction for divers to visit.

Using a US$60,000/52,592 Euro grant from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, local officials deployed five new “super reefs” off the coast of Panama City Beach last month.

Standing 18 feet/5.5 meters tall, weighing 18 tons/16 metric tons and placed about 74 feet/22.6 meters below the surface, these limestone reefs will create an ecosystem and habitat for fish, crabs, lobsters and more, and adding another artificial reef for divers and fisherman to enjoy.

Visit Panama City Beach President and CEO Dan Rowe says:

“The history of diving in Panama City Beach goes deep — all U.S. military divers learn to dive here, and we’re home to numerous artificial reefs. We’re actually known as the Wreck Diving Capital of the South. These new super reefs will be another great feature for both fishermen and divers to take advantage of.”

Walter Marine deployed the five reefs 3 miles/4.8 kilometers south of the Russell-Fields Pier, and just under 10 miles/16km from the St. Andrews Bay pass.

Deployment of Super Limestone Reef. Photo credit: Visit Panama City Beach
Deployment of Super Limestone Reef. (Photo credit: Visit Panama City Beach)

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John Lianghttps://www.deeperblue.com/
John Liang is the News Editor at DeeperBlue.com. He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.

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