This web site provides current information about
Volusia County's artificial reefs located offshore of Daytona Beach,
Florida. The site is maintained by the all-volunteer Reef Research Dive
The artificial reef program began just before the sinking of the World
War II Liberty ship USS Mindanao in 1980. The
objective was to provide nearby artificial reefs to offset the
increasing pressure on the local natural reefs. Now, after more than 30
years, it is apparent that the county's federal permitted artificial
reef sites are providing the anticipated relief for the natural reefs
located farther offshore.
The Reef Team is a nonprofit organization of volunteers who assist the
Ponce Inlet and Port District in developing and protecting the county's
permitted artificial reefs. The team also monitors the local natural
reefs for comparison. The team members have first-hand knowledge about
the local artificial and natural reefs.
The team members use their own boats or charters to monitor the
conditions on the reefs. The surveys often include underwater videos
and photographs. The team members are experienced, open water divers.
To insure accurate scientific data, each member has reef monitoring and
marine life identification experience using Florida Sea Grant and Reef
Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) monitoring techniques. The
team members act as mentors to help prospective members complete their
first few offshore surveys.
If you are interested in joining the team, or if you are merely
interested in learning more about the offshore reefs, you are invited
to attend the team meetings. The meetings are held on the fourth
Thursday of every month except November and December. Meetings start
7:30 p.m. and are held at the Police Training Room in South Daytona
City Hall complex, located at 1672 S. Ridgewood Avenue (US 1) in South
The next team meeting is Thursday,
January 22 at 7:30 PM
The County has completed 14 deposits on the artificial reefs in 2014. Click
on the following link for a listing of the 2014 deployments.
Joe Nolin,Volusia County's Coastal Program
Director, is considering three new artificial reef sites
that would be located near the Daytona Beach Pier, the Sunglow Fishing
Pier, and offshore of Flagler Avenue in New Smyra Beach. The proposed
sites would be in water 45-55 feet deep. The sites would have buoys to
locate the sites for fishermen, divers and shrimp boats. Similar sites
are located in Miami and Palm Beach counties.