Alabama Artificial Reef Program
By Outdoor Alabama
Conservation Commissioner Chris Blankenship (center) and honorees at a naming ceremony for eight new artificial reef zones in waters off the coast of Alabama. The ceremony took place at the Dunes Terrace at the Gulf State Park Lodge in Gulf Shores, Ala. 
Photo by Billy Pope, ADCNR
 

February 22, 2019 - Gulf State Park - (OBA®) - On February 22, 2019, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) held a naming ceremony for eight new artificial reef zones in waters off the coast of Alabama. The ceremony took place at the Dunes Terrace at the Gulf State Park Lodge in Gulf Shores, Ala. 

During the ceremony the artificial reef zones were named in honor of individuals and organizations that have made substantial contributions to the establishment and continued development of the largest artificial reef program in the U.S. 

“It is an honor for us to recognize these individuals and organizations that have worked diligently with the Department of Conservation’s Marine Resources Division over many years to make the artificial reef system off the coast of Alabama the largest in the country,” said Chris Blankenship, ADCNR Commissioner.

The eight artificial reef zones were named for the following individuals and organizations:

Alabama Wildlife Federation
The Alabama Wildlife Federation has been a constant advocate for outdoor programs in Alabama and was instrumental in developing the Alabama Artificial Reef Development Plan. The group has also helped secure $35 million in funding for inshore and offshore artificial reef zones.  

Alabama Charter Fishing Association
The Alabama Charter Fishing Association has worked with the State of Alabama for more than 60 years deploying artificial reefs and advertising the benefits of the artificial reef zone. They have provided opportunities for thousands of people from across the country and the world to fish off Alabama’s coast.