Purchasing Artificial Reefs-Private artificial reef building is only legal in the state of Alabama and the Florida panhandle. Clients that want a reef deployed first select the type of reef they would like from any of our models. Next select a location for deployment within the permitted areas. Your reef order will be placed on the next available trip. The location is recorded with a photo of a Northstar GPS at the time your reef is deployed. You will receive the photos via certified mail and we will destroy any copies in our possession so that your reef remains private.
For those of you not familiar with private reef building, it began in the state of Alabama back in 1986. The Local fishermen, the Department of Conservation, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers established a 1,200 square mile artificial reef zone. Anyone that wants to build an artificial reef can have the material inspected. If approved it can be deployed the very next day and the location is kept a secret. You actually cannot own a reef however; you can fish it legally in secrecy.
That same year in 1986 the state of Alabama recorded zero Red Snapper caught in the Gulf of Mexico. Today, Alabama’s artificial reef zone is responsible for over 40% of all Red Snapper caught. Considering Alabama only has 1.5% of the coastline along the Gulf of Mexico, those are not bad numbers.