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, http://www.flseagrant.org/.
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) https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fe649