Artificial Reefs

Jan Culbertson, TPWD Coastal Fisheries

Artificial Reefs (Real Media)

34 reef sites offshore of Texas

Hard bottom habitat is limiting

Petroleum platforms are complex structures.

Explosive platform removal

Partial platform mechanical removal

Liberty ships

Natural rocks

Reef balls

Setting up the molds

Inflating large and small balls

Pouring concrete

Releasing pins from the mold

Releasing molds from hardened structure

Deflating and removing balls

Deploying reef balls offshore

Tubular Sponges on steel leg of rig

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