WALTON COUNTY – Scuba diving enthusiasts will soon have new reefs to explore in South Walton.
The South Walton Artificial Reef Association announced they are deploying 367 reef modules into the coastal waters of Walton County.
The reef project will include nine near shore fish and dive reef sites, approximately 2/3 nautical miles off the beach at depths of 60 feet, and three offshore fish haven reef sites, about three to seven nautical miles offshore at depths of 80 feet.
This will be a three to four week process, according to a report from SWARA. Weather permitting, June 5, 6, 7, the following nearshore & offshore sites will receive reefs this week: Miramar, Frangista, Topsail, Fish Haven1, and Ed Walline.
Each site will have a one acre patch containing about 30 modules, including 15 snapper pyramids, 14 hybrid grouper boxes and one 18 inch pyramid.
Three remaining snorkel reef sites will be fully deployed by late summer.