Ocean Habitats creating mini reefs to help Southwest Florida waterways

Reporter: Stephanie Byrne
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Ocean Habitats installs mini reefs to help filter water and make habitats for fish.

A company is helping sea creatures find a home while cleaning up Southwest Florida’s waterways.

On Wednesday, the company, Ocean Habitats, was hard at work installing “mini reefs.”

One of the installations happened at Bob Carlson’s home on Marco Island. The mini reef is designed to attract crabs, fish and sea squirts while also filtering thousands of gallons of water a day.

Trading the cold for a slice of paradise, Carlson hopes for more opportunities to fish especially from his dock.

The only problem? Not a lot of fish.

He hopes to change that soon.

“Ocean Habitats taught us that by putting a floating reef under our dock it’s going to bring the smaller fish, it’s going to bring the shrimp, it’s going to bring all the other smaller species to our dock,” Carlson said. “I see this just taking off down here and Marco, because everyone that lives on Marco, that I know of at least, loves to fish and wants to be on the water.”

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