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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