This weekend, March 4th and 5th 2017 is the Jupiter Seafood Festival at Carlin Park, a fun event with bands, food, beer and craft vendors. The Andrew “Red” Harris Foundation is pleased to be the non-profit beneficiary of this great event again this year.
The Foundation will have a tent with displays and videos of our reefs, we hope you will stop by and say hello.
In 2015 we deployed 40 of our unique four-ton “Coral Head” artificial reef modules a mile and a half northeast of the Jupiter inlet. In August 2016 we deployed 100 more offshore “Coral Head” modules on our new site off Jupiter. The offshore reefs are thriving- you can see videos at the Foundation’s Facebook page.
In November 2016, we donated 15 of our beautiful “Lagoon Coral Head” artificial reef modules to the Blue Heron Bridge Snorkel Trail at Phil Foster Park where everyone can enjoy our creations. The snorkel trail is one of the best county parks in the country and a popular attraction for tourists.
Last week our board voted to donate an additional $260,000 in artificial reef modules and boulders for deployment in the summer of 2017, bringing our total contribution to Palm Beach County to $450,000.
Construction has started on 100 of our 8,000 pound “Coral Head” modules that we will deploy this summer. We built 35 offshore Coral Heads last year and have upgraded the modules based on what we learned.
We have also developed a new concrete block module design, the “Fish House” and 10 prototypes will soon be under construction. We may build an additional 40 Fish Houses for deployment this summer.
I’ve learned that where an artificial reef is built is as important as what the reef is built with. We were very fortunate to have discovered (by pounding spears into the sand bottom in 55 feet of water) a 15 acre site with less than 6 inches of sand covering the bedrock in August 2015. The permit was expanded to include the site we discovered and Morgan and Eklund Surveyors donated a sub bottom survey identifying the boundaries of this ideal artificial reef site.
We will deploy the 110 modules and 500 tons of boulders on our 15 acre thin-sand site in 55 feet of water a mile and a half Northeast of the Jupiter inlet in early August.
With your help the Foundation is well on its way to achieving it’s goal of “Enhancing the Marine Environment” by “Building Artificial Reefs for Life”.
We hope to see you this weekend at the Seafood Festival!
Martha and Scott Harris