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YEAR 2009 - CRP Project #8002 (Gulf of Mexico)

Project #8002
Habitat Creation for Subadults of the Grouper-Snapper-Grunt Population in Tampa Bay

Hillsborough County, Florida

Project name:   Habitat Creation for Subadults of Grouper- Snapper-Grunt Population in Tampa Bay  
Project number:   8002  
Project status:   In Progress  
Grant Administrator:   Gulf of Mexico Foundation (for NOAA)  
Grantee:   Stillwater Research Group Inc.  
Project location:   Egmont Key Sate Park, Florida  
Grant period:   Jan 1 - Dec 31, 2020  
Grant amount:   $17,832  
Land Ownership:   Sovereign Submerged Lands,
State of Florida
Lat/Long:   N27.58333/W82.74333  
Types of Habitat:   Non-coral reef (artificial habitat)  
Project leader:   Lauren Waters, Treasurer
Dr. Thomas Cuba, Secretary
Stillwater Research Group Inc.
447 3rd Ave N, Suite 309
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Project location in relation to Tampa Bay - click to enlarge
Project location in relation to Tampa Bay

Species Benefiting From Restoration:
   Jewfish-Goliath Grouper (Epinephelus itajara)
   Red Grouper (E. morio)
   Black Grouper (Myeteroperea bonaei)
   Scamp (M. phenax)
   Gag Grouper (M. mierolepis)
   Grey Snapper (Lutjanus griseus)
   White Grunt (Haemulon plumieri)

Acres of Habitat To be Restored:
This is a pilot project and directly affects 524 square feet. The location, however, is adjacent to a popular five-acre artificial fishing reef which was designed to attract adult (cacheable) fish for anglers.

Project Summary:
To construct an artificial reef designed specifically to provide refuge for sub adults of the target species in order to improve the habitat availability and suitability for the middle phases of the ontogenetic pathway of these species. The improved habitat quality, as well as the increased availability, will increase the numbers of fishes which can recruit as adults to larger structure.

Project Objectives:

  • Provide habitat for the grouper-snapper-grunt subadult populations adjacent to an existing artificial reef which was constructed to provide recreational fishing opportunities.
  • Increase numbers of grouper-snapper-grunt subadult populations in the area adjacent to the existing artificial reef.
  • Increase numbers of fish surviving to adults and recruiting to the adjacent artificial reef.
  • Connect habitat for adult fish and nursery sub populations and assess the efficacy of the management technique.

Community Involvement:
SCUBAnauts has more than 30 dedicated members that will be invited to participate in design, planning, and installation during this phase. All SCUBAnaut time will be volunteer based and is expected 10 be more than 200 hours. Delta Seven Inc., Reefmaker (Walter Marine Inc.), Gator Dredge Inc., Rush Concrete, Maximo Marina, Mendoza Boulders, andKathleen Materials have committed to donating time, laborers, and discounting materials. The involvement of these partners will be more than 250 hours. These partners are located throughout the state of Florida and will bring greater awareness to the project in other areas of the state.

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Graphic of artificial reef structure - click to enlarge
Graphic of artificial reef structure

Existing artificial reef - click to enlarge
Existing artificial reef

Artificial reef structure - click to enlarge
Artificial reef structure to be added

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Stillwater Research Group
Stillwater Research Group

NOAA Restoration Center

Gulf of Mexico Foundation

Delta Seven Inc.

Gator Dredge Inc.

Hillsborough County


SCUBAnauts International

Kathleen Materials

Mendoza Boulders

Rush Concrete

Maximo High and Dry

Reef Innovations

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