Economic Impacts of Artificial Reefs: Southwest Florida1

Robert Swett, John Stevely, Charles Adams, Sherry Larkin, and Alan Hodges 2

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These findings summarize a recent study of economic benefits associated with artificial reef programs in a six-county region of southwest Florida (Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee counties). Information was collected using a variety of survey techniques that asked private boater and for-hire operators and clients about their artificial reef use during 2009.

The study was conducted by Florida Sea Grant and University of Florida researchers, with funding provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Program through a grant to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; the West Coast Inland Navigation District; and by participating counties.

The full report, Economic Impacts of Artificial Reefs for Six Southwest Florida Counties, TP 178, is available from Florida Sea Grant,

Individual breakdowns of the economic impacts from each county in the study are available in these related publications:

Related Publication: The Economic Benefits Associated with Florida's Artificial Reefs (EDIS Pub #FE649)


1. This document is SGEF186, one of a series of the Sea Grant Department, UF/IFAS Extension. Original publication date January 2012. Reviewed October 2017. Visit the EDIS website at
2. Robert Swett, associate professor, School of Forest Resources and Conservation; John Stevely, marine Extension agent, Florida Sea Grant; Charles Adams, professor, Food and Resource Economics; Sherry Larkin, associate professor, Food and Resource Economics; and Alan Hodges, Extension scientist, Food and Resource Economics; UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville, FL 32611. For more information contact Florida Sea Grant at P.O. Box 110400, Gainesville, FL 32611-0400, 352-392-5870