Clayton Syfrett Sinks 100-Foot Barge, Creates Artificial Reef Off the Coast of Panama City

BCARA President Clayton Syfrett Hopes to Benefit Ocean Life by Sinking 432-Ton Barge

Our very own Attorney Clayton Syfrett is also president of the Bay county Artificial Reef Association (BCARA). In this role he serves the community by seeking to improve the state of marine life in the Gulf of Mexico, near the coast of Panama City. Many local reef enthusiasts, fisherman, and divers join Syfrett in this effort to revitalize the area’s marine ecosystem and attract new aquatic life to the surrounding area.

Syfrett and other members of the BCARA recently decided to sink a 100-foot, emptied metal barge approximately 30 miles offshore from Panama City as a way of bringing in more reef fish, such as tuna and mackerel. The structure is intended to function as an artificial reef and create a number of ecological, financial, and environmental benefits for those living in the area.

However, these benefits won’t kick in right away. Artificial reefs typically take several years to become part of their environment and reach a point where they can host sea life. The BCARA hopes the artificial reef will ultimately improve the health of the Gulf of Mexico and create long-term benefits for the local fishing, real estate, and recreation industries. Officials and citizens anticipate the artificial reef will ultimately give the area’s economy a boost, as well as attract tourists and spectators.

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