The SSA continues to collaborate with several counties on the development of two proposed artificial reefs located just south of Cape Canaveral in St. Lucie and Martin counties in Florida. The initial sites chosen for both reefs cut directly across productive rock shrimp fishing grounds used by Atlantic coast and Gulf coast fishermen.
In St. Lucie, the site has been moved two times and the County is now working on its third site revision. Site revisions have been based primarily on the information presented by the SSA. The third revision appears satisfactory to several rock shrimpers.
Martin County is earlier in the process. The SSA notified fishermen of the site’s placement and provided input to the environmental consulting firm handling the site development.