The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Division of Marine Fisheries Management administers a state artificial reef program legislatively created in 1982, authorized under s. 379.249 Florida Statutes External Website and Chapter 68E-9 Florida Administrative Code.
The program was transferred to the Commission from the Department of Environmental Protection on July 1, 1999. The primary program objectives are to provide financial and technical assistance to coastal local governments, nonprofit corporations and state universities to develop artificial reefs and to monitor and evaluate these reefs.
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