Reefmaker Artificial Reefs
Purchasing Artificial Reefs
Private artificial reef-building is only legal in the state of Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. Customers wanting a reef deployed in those areas can select from any of our reef models and then select a location within the permitted area. If you aren’t sure about the location, please call us for more information. Once you have decided on a location, please fax or e-mail the order to us and include your first and last name, billing address, phone numbers, and the type and number of reefs and where you would like their location to be.
Your reef order will be placed on the next available trip out to that area. You may ride on the MARANATHA during deployment if you would like. There are a few rules that must be followed to ensure the secrecy of other customer’s reefs. The trips are a long 24 hours or more and the sailing date is usually given at short notice.
If you are not going to be on the boat (as most clients wish not to) we deploy your reef in complete secrecy (we have our ways). The locations are recorded by a picture of a Northstar GPS at the time your reef is deployed. After the reef is dropped, we will send you an invoice. Once the invoice is paid in full you will receive the photos via certified mail and we will destroy any copies in our possession.
Our artificial reefs are guaranteed to be in the location you selected. If you cannot locate your reef, please call us and we will search for it. If we cannot find the reef we will replace it at no extra cost to you. Artificial reef numbers are precious to fishermen and you may wonder if your numbers are safe. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us. We want you to feel confident that you have the only set of coordinates in existence for your reef. If you still have doubts feel free to go on the Orange Beach Fishing Association’s website http://www.gulffishing.net/ and call any charter boat captain to inquire about Walter Marine’s reputation.
For those of you not familiar with private reef-building, it began here in the State of Alabama back in 1986. The local fishermen worked with the Alabama Department of Conservation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to establish a 1,200 square mile artificial reef zone. Anyone wanting to build an artificial reef can have the material inspected and if approved it can be deployed the very next day. The exact location can be kept secret by the deployer and he or she does not own it but can fish it legally in secrecy. In 1986 the state of Alabama had recorded that almost no Red Snapper was caught in the Gulf of Mexico. Today Alabama’s artificial reef zone is responsible for over 40% of all Red Snappers. If you consider Alabama only has 1.5% of the coastline those are not bad numbers. This is all possible due to private artificial reefs.