Friends of RGV Reef

Location: COASTAL, Texas

Friends of RGV Reef seeks to share their love for the Gulf of Mexico and its wildlife with coastal communities, tourists, researchers, and amateur anglers young and old. This initiative seeks to increase awareness about Gulf reefs, fisheries conservation, and marine ecology in Texas and beyond. By augmenting an invaluable community resource, Friends of RGV Reef provides an opportunity for anyone to have a up-close encounter with the Gulf’s marine wildlife, including species recovering from overfishing such as Red Snapper and Amberjack. The ongoing recovery of these and other reef species is due, in part, to the artificial reefing efforts made by scores of dedicated volunteers and researchers across the Gulf.

Located 13 miles northeast of South Padre Island, the 1650-acre Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Reef is the largest and most complex artificial reef off the Texas coast. Perhaps the most significant characteristic of the RGV reef is the variety of substrate size and material used in its construction. Compiled of 3000 tons of concrete culverts and highway dividers, 1500 tons of broken-up concrete slabs, dozens of reefing pyramids, 600 tons of concrete roof tiles and railroad ties, over 60,000 cinder blocks, and two commercial fishing vessels, the RGV Reef has become a stable food web and habitat matrix that will allow for the continued recovery of red snapper and other important Gulf species.

Friends of RGV Reef’s Rio Grande Valley Reef Restoration was selected as a 2019 Conservation Wrangler. View the project page here.

Friends of RGV Reef also received a TxN Certification in 2018. View the certification page here.


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