St. Lucie County recently acquired the Voici Bernadette, which is temporarily docked here, from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency in Miami. This 180-foot vessel will be cleaned and inspected to be deployed off our coast in roughly 150-feet of water as a future artificial reef.
Those interested in helping in this effort - either by volunteering time to help clean the vessel or to make a monetary donation – should call St. Lucie County Coastal Resources Coordinator Jim Oppenborn: 772-462-1713 or email email@example.com.
Over the past 15 years, St. Lucie County has successfully deployed more than 50 artificial reefs that provide habitat to essential commercial and recreational fish species, including snapper and grouper, as well as providing critical hard-bottoms for corals and sponges to grow on.
There will be several fundraising events throughout the summer to raise the necessary funds to clean and deploy this ship as an artificial reef. Please check out the Facebook page below for details.