Artificial Reefs & Marine Habitat

Barrel Sponge Offshore Georgia

Artificial Reefs 

Georgia's inshore and and offshore reefs provide habitat for recreationally, commercially and ecologically important finfish and other animals. Artificial reefs are great locations to catch fish and SCUBA dive.  Click this link to see information about Inshore and Offshore Artificial Reefs in Georgia.  This information includes graphical representations of the reefs along with latitude and longitude numbers to locate the reefs.

Marine Habitat Enhancement

Restoration of oysters along southeastern coasts is important for economic and ecological reasons. Oysters enhance water quality. Their reefs protect shorelines by buffering wave action adjacent to marshes, and they are harvested and marketed by commercial fishermen.

Oyster reef restoration has been hampered in the region by the limited availability of oyster shells. In addition, vertical relief is necessary for successful reef formation to avoid sedimentation for soft and churning bottoms.