Artificial reefs are improving fishing opportunities and creating new scuba diving destinations. Enjoy diving and fishing on the Pinellas County's artificial reefs.
These reefs provide valuable underwater habitats for marine life and are constructed from environmentally safe construction and demolition waste. Items such as concrete pipes, steel beams or entire ships are carefully placed on the ocean bottom. Within about two weeks, algae and barnacles attach to the reef material. Soon, fish come to feed on these creatures. Within a year, the reef begins to support coral growth.
There are 42 reef sites along the gulf coast of Pinellas County from Tarpon Springs to St. Pete Beach, located from 200 yards to 38 miles offshore, and one in Tampa Bay, located north of the St. Petersburg Municipal Pier.
- Site Maps
- GPS Coordinates
- Frequently asked Questions
- View photos on Flickr, donated by local divers.
Reef Guide brochure:
- Print-friendly: The brochure has been divided into four letter-size (8" x 11") flyers for easy printing: