The South Walton Artificial Reef Association is a grass-roots, non-profit organization dedicated to the construction, deployment, and monitoring of permitted artificial reefs in Walton County’s Gulf of Mexico coastal waters for the benefit and health of the environment and community. Studies by University of Florida and Florida Sea Grant clearly document the benefits of artificial reefs. Artificial reefs create fish and oyster habitat. In an area where the Gulf bed is 95% barren sand flats, the reefs will also create near shore, family-oriented, recreational kayaking and paddleboarding, skin-diving and snorkeling adventures, and undersea photo safaris. The reefs promote awareness and understanding for people who may not otherwise have the opportunity to see some of the amazing marine creatures that live and thrive around reefs in the Gulf of Mexico.