Reef poured, Port Mansfield hopes big fish are on the way
Recycled culverts to provide habitat for fish and marine life.
By Lynn Brezosky, firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated 02:20 a.m., Friday, December 30, 2011
PORT MANSFIELD — Peak season may be half a year away, but local fishing guide Terry Neal already is envisioning taking charters offshore for the first time in years, to what promises to become one of the Texas coast’s favorite saltwater fishing destinations.
And it’s all thanks to more than 4,000 unwanted concrete culverts.
In a project sponsored by the Coastal Conservation Association, Habitat Today for Fish Tomorrow, and Texas Parks and Wildlife, a 200-foot barge loaded with the culverts in July was unloaded some seven nautical miles from Port Mansfield.
Dumping giant concrete tubes into the ocean may not seem very fish-friendly, but artificial reefs create habitat that to finned creatures may as well be the hottest new condos. Once barnacles start to attach and smaller fish start to feed, it won’t be long before the big game fish, including snapper, marlin, kingfish, and wahoo, follow.
Read the full story here: San Antonio Express-News
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