Learn more about fishing the continually expanding artificial reef zones of Alabama near Orange Beach & Gulf Shores.
Alabama’s artificial reef zones, already the largest in the nation, grew last fall by an additional 110 square miles of Gulf of Mexico bottom. Private anglers and charter boats now have more locations to hook some of the most desirable species the Gulf offers, including Alabama’s signature species, red snapper.
MRD executed a $4.9 million contract to deploy 456 pyramid-shaped modules, each 25-feet-tall and made of concrete and limestone. At the Blankenship reef zone south of Dauphin Island, 164 modules will create 123 reefs. Some of the reef sites will have two modules and others a single module. In the 24- square mile zone off Orange Beach, 64 of the pyramids will create 48 reef sites.
Farther offshore, 35 miles and beyond, 228 pyramid modules will make 172 new reef sites. At those offshore sites, the 25-foot-tall pyramids will be deployed in single and double models and provide additional structure to existing small pyramids deployed in 2004 and 2005.
Also, the Alabama Wildlife Federation completed a reef project in Alabama’s artificial reef zone with 88 new reef locations.
With the additional 110 square miles, the Alabama Artificial Reef Program now encompasses more than 1,136 square miles of water bottom in the Gulf. More information about the Alabama Artificial Reef Program and coordinates for the reefs can be found on Outdoor Alabama.
Save the waypoints to your electronics and get ready for another outstanding season of catching red snapper and other reef fish species this year.