An additional educational component has been added to the Quintana Beach County Park's Education Center. Freeport LNG and Zachry, an EPC contractor JV partner, pitched in to help move and place a large artificial reef unit to a pad just outside the Education Center. These structures are designed to create man-made offshore reefs. Visitors will be able to experience the eight-foot tall ten-foot based objects up close. They are part of a growing endeavor to provide habitat for Gulf Coast marine life and create increased recreational fishing opportunities. “This will be the largest deployment of reef material in near-shore waters off Texas in the history of the Texas Artificial Reef Program,” said Dale Shively, director of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department’s artificial reef program. “The project calls for 2,400 concrete pyramids to be reefed."
The Freeport Artificial Reef Project deployment will increase the amount of reef material in a currently permitted site, the George Vancouver (Liberty Ship) Artificial Reef, located about six miles offshore from Freeport. The project will place the concrete pyramids in the 160-acre permitted area onto a sandy substrate at a water depth of 55 feet. This artificial reef, and a similar one off Matagorda, are among five Texas-based projects approved in 2014 to compensate Texas for lost use of natural resources resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.