Reefs Really Matter

Manatee Lagoon, Palm Beach County Department of Environmental Resources Management and the Andrew "Red" Harris Foundation present "Reefs Really Matter", a colorful exhibit that gives visitors an up-close look at what lies beneath the ocean’s surface. The exhibit is showcased at Manatee Lagoon – An FPL Eco-Discovery Center®, located at 6000 N. Flagler Dr., West Palm Beach.

About the Exhibitors:

Palm Beach County’s artificial reef program was established in 1985. Since then, the county’s Department of Environmental Resources Management (ERM) has deployed over 55 vessels, 100,000 tons of concrete and 133,000 tons of limestone boulders to create an artificial reef system spanning from Tequesta to Boca Raton.

The Andrew “Red” Harris Foundation, created to honor the memory of a young man who loved diving and fishing in the ocean waters off northern Palm Beach County, works hand in hand with ERM to build and deploy artificial reefs. In its first four years, the foundation donated over 1,000 tons of limestone boulders and more than 600 four-ton artificial reef modules to the county’s artificial reef program for deployment off Juno Beach and Jupiter.

About the Exhibit:

The "Reefs Really Matter" exhibit is all about the underwater world of marine reefs in Palm Beach County and the important roles they play for aquatic communities. The exhibit features a saltwater tank filled with miniature artificial reef structures and the surrounding underwater photography, three-part video and large map are intended to inspire all to help protect these magnificent underwater ecosystems. In addition to the exhibit, there is a life-size artificial reef module on display among Manatee Lagoon's outdoor landscaping. 

Date: Through Dec. 2020
Time: During open hours
Cost: FREE

Artificial Reef Module