Artificial reef workshop in Niceville Feb. 19-20

January 24, 2013

seagrantNorthwest Florida’s Artificial Reef Workshop, the first since 2006, will be held February 19 – 20, 2013 at the Niceville Community Center. The public is invited to attend all sessions of the workshop with a registration fee of $40.00 for two days that includes meals and refreshments. Sessions and guest speakers will provide the latest information regarding reef designs, artificial reefs and fisheries management, monitoring tools, goals, and strategies, artificial reef construction issues in inshore and nearshore State waters, economic benefits and impacts of artificial reefs in Northwest Florida, and other artificial reef topics of local interest.

A special part of the workshop will occur Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m. and is free. The Northwest Florida Artificial Reef Expo will be held at the Niceville Community Center featuring booths and information. Representatives from local artificial reef association such as Mexico Beach and Emerald Coast will highlight their monitoring and reef construction activities. Florida Fish and Wildlife and Florida Sea Grant Extension will have representatives to provide the public with reef fish resources.

Additionally, many vendors, local county artificial reef coordinators, and private individuals will share innovations in reef construction and monitoring.
To register and view the draft agenda please visit:  http://2013nwfarworkshop.eventbrite.com

Workshop organizers are seeking additional vendors, sponsors, and/or donations of promotional items. Showcase your business to federal, state and local government, local reef building associations and private reef builders.  If you would like to participate as a vendor or contribute as a sponsor please contact Candy Hansard by email candy@ecreef.org  or call Scott Jackson at 850-784-6105 to check for space availability. Space is limited, please act soon.

L. Scott Jackson
UF/IFAS Bay County Extension
2728 E. 14th Street
Panama City, FL  32401
(850)784-6105