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Old concrete targets to become giant fish habitats in Okaloosa County

OKALOOSA COUNTY  --  Old concrete targets from Eglin Air Force Base will soon become giant fish habitats in the gulf.

An artificial reef project in Okaloosa County has now been approved by the Department of Environmental Protection.

There will be four sites, about three miles offshore from Fort Walton Beach.

In the center of each site, a pile of rubble will rise thirty feet from the floor of the gulf creating habitats for a large variety of fish.
 
Coach Mary/Emerald Coast Scuba "Having these reefs are going to let the little tropical fish come, so that's really nice for the snorkelers and for the scuba divers to be able to see. And then the larger fish for the fishermen to catch."

The 160,000 dollar cost will be half-paid by a state grant, with the remaining 80,000 coming from bed taxes. 
Work on the reef project should begin this summer.