“The Sport Fish Restoration program is an important funding mechanism for conservation efforts, not just in Georgia, but across the country,” Brinton said. “These are federal dollars that come to Georgia partially based on the number of fishing licenses sold here. Funds are raised through a federal excise tax on certain fishing equipment and a portion of small engine and boat fuel tax and passed to Georgia by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.”

The new pilings at the Stafford Island reef were deployed in an interlacing pattern that will provide excellent fish habitat and a foundation for oysters to settle on.

More Information about Georgia’s Inshore Artificial Reefs can be found at CoastalGaDNR.org/HERU.