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MIYC: First to Install Mini Reef

MIYC: First to Install Mini Reef

The Marco Island Yacht Club (MIYC) is the first yacht club in Southwest Florida to install “Mini Reef” artificial marine habitat systems under its dock to support an environmental initiative to restore the cleanliness and aquatic diversity of the region’s canals and waterways. “The Marco Island Yacht Club is proud to participate in this important environmental program to create a cleaner and sustainable marine environment,” said Lois Dixon, Commodore of the Yacht Club. “We’re excited that the habitats installed under our dock will soon produce thriving and diverse ecosystems full of fish and other marine life capable of cleaning thousands...

May 31, 2017

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MIA Students Build Mini Reefs – Build it and the fish will come

MIA Students Build Mini Reefs – Build it and the fish will come

Marco Island Academy science teacher Jerry Miller’s class was a hub of activity on May 4. That day his students paired up in teams to construct mini reefs, to be installed under docks in various locations on Marco Island. According to Miller, “The students are doing something positive for the community by helping restore the quality of the water under the docks and hopefully bring back the population of fish. This hands-on experience is important for the students.”Chadd Chustz, environmental specialist for the City of Marco Island spoke to the students on the importance of the habitats they were constructing....

May 22, 2017

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Under The Docks MIA Students Enrich Marco Canals

Under The Docks MIA Students Enrich Marco Canals

Ocean Habitats, Inc. of Ft. Myers has been hard at work in Marco Island installing artificial reef habitats underneath existing docks. To date, they have installed 108 habitats in Marco Island’s canals with an additional 20-plus scheduled for installation. This is great news for the health of our canals. According to David Wolff, Ocean Habitats’ president, this system replicates the ecosystem naturally found in fish nursery environments, where filter feeders feed on plankton floating in the seawater, removing them from the water and turning that plankton into food for all juvenile marine animals. Just one habitat covered with invertebrates such...

Feb 21, 2017

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MIA Students to Monitor Artificial Habitats

MIA Students to Monitor Artificial Habitats

The artificial habitat pilot project designed to restore the cleanliness, health and aquatic diversity of the island’s canals will be aided by students from Marco Island Academy’s environmental science classes. As part of their classwork, the students will monitor the 25 habitats that were purchased earlier this year from Ocean Habitats, Inc., a small Fort Myers-based company that designs and manufactures the devices. The habitats were installed in 120 days ago underneath the docks of homes that abut a canal that runs between Elm and Perrine courts. The pilot project’s $10,000 cost includes installation, as well as monitoring to determine...

Nov 02, 2016

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Letter to the Editor: Ocean Habitats

A glowing Ocean Habitats customer review from Coastal Breeze: My home on Perrine Court was built in 1996 and my wife and I have fished off the back sea wall with our 3 children, 3 nephews who live on the Island, and now 5 grandchildren, as well as countless house guests over the year and therefore I believe I have had “good perspective” of the number and type of fish we would catch over those 20 years. We have the good fortune of have Jim Timmerman as a neighbor and when he approached me about the possibility of having one of...

Sep 17, 2016

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