Retired trawler to be first artificial reef piece

artificial reefAn artificial reef project aimed at boosting red snapper populations in South Texas waters hit a major milestone earlier this week with the issuance of a final permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The recipient was Friends of RGV Reef, which may now proceed with sinking the reef’s first vessel. Gary Glick, the group’s president, said the retired trawler Gulf Explorer will be sent to the bottom in state waters 13.75 nautical miles north of the South Padre Island jetties and eight nautical miles offshore, likely next month. The group got a good deal on the 30-ton shrimper — plus a retired ocean-going tugboat also slated for sinking — from Billy Kennon of Marine Salvage & Services Inc. in Port Isabel, Glick said. Read the story here 10:57