Guy Harvey Fall 21 Artificial Reef Story
Back in 2017, Guy Harvey Magazine published an article about Andrew “Red” Harris, an inspirational 26-yearold from Jupiter, Florida, who was killed after he was hit by a boat as he tried to save his girlfriend from drifting away in a rip current. The heroic tragedy inspired his parents to start a foundation to build artificial reefs in their son’s name. Enhancing the marine environment made sense because he loved fishing, diving and being on the water. Doing something good for the ocean would create a legacy in his name and maybe even help to soften their grief. Over the past seven years, the Andrew “Red” Harris Foundation has raised and spent more than $2.5 million to build more than 2 miles of offshore reefs. That includes 36 deployments comprised of 6,250 tons of limestone boulders, 3004-ton “coral head” modules, 2803-ton “hollow boulders,” 4,0008-foot-long concrete culverts that weighed between 1 and 3 tons, and a 17-foot-tall replica of the Jupiter Lighthouse. This is not your casual weekend project. The Foundation has created this immense amount of habitat, and it has enhanced the marine environment in ways no one anticipated. Also, something unexpected emerged. Scott Harris, Red’s father, has become somewhat of an artificial reef guru.