Protecting and preserving our marine resources by creating rich sustainable habitat that helps our fisheries thrive.
- Habitat Development – Supporting the entire food chain from the bottom up for a stronger and healthier marine ecosystem.
Sustainability and Stewardship – Built to L.A.S.T. philosophy: Learn, Adapt, Share, Teach.
- Creating Living Reefs for Generations – Building a brighter future for our children and our oceans.
“The sea, the great unifier, is man’s only hope. Now, as never before, the old phrase has a literal meaning: we are all in the same boat.” ~Jacques Yves Cousteau
Creating new and unique all-ages eco-tourism opportunities with a focus on safety and accessibility.
- Snorkeling – Four snorkel reefs at 10–20′ depths ideal for kayak/paddleboard.
- Diving – Nine fish/dive reefs at ~60 ft depths ideal for novice to advanced divers.
- Fishing – Nearshore fishing opportunities have grown exponentially with each new deployment.
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Hands-on learning opportunities and community outreach creating appreciation for our marine resources.
- Local Marine Ecosystem – Forested coastal plains and barrier islands supported by strong estuaries and freshwater springs.
- Environmental Stewardship – Doing more than just “your part.”
- International Biodiversity Studies – Coral Restoration Project, NaGISA, Ocean Alliance, and more.
- Benefits of Artificial Habitat – Scientific publications, presentations, and exhibits.
“Connecting people to the sea through marine science education lets them see into a world they might never have imagined.” ~Joe Moore, SWARA Marine Biologist & Educator
New and exciting research possibilities abound throughout Walton County’s many unique coastal ecosystems.
- Assess – Regular assessment dives and documentation of growth/changes.
Study – Ongoing field studies and population counts.
- Learn – Uncovering exciting new discoveries and findings.
“What is a scientist after all? It is a curious man looking through a keyhole, the keyhole of nature, trying to know what’s going on.” ~Jacques Yves Cousteau