Reefmaker Artificial Reefs & Marine Ecosystems
The “Reefmaker” of Walter Marine deployed its first artificial reef in 1986. Today it is the largest reef builder in the United States. The Reefmaker has deployed over 35,000 artificial reefs and owns four patents. Research has proven our artificial reef units outperform all others in natural substrate, complexity/rugosity, durability, size, production of fish, estuary substitute and wave attenuation.
Over the years artificial reefs have evolved drastically. Today's artificial reef systems are designed for specific tasks such as: species habitat, wave attenuation, oyster restoration, estuary enhancement, coral reef repair, recreational diving, fishing reefs, fishery management, barriers to protect endangered habitat, snorkeling reefs and as integral parts of pier construction.