Nearshore Reefs A, B and C were commissioned to mitigate potential impact from beach renourishment projects in Martin County. Each was constructed with concrete and steel material from the old Evans Crary Bridge. (Larger pieces from the bridge were used further offshore to create the Evans Crary Reef.) Nearshore Reef C, the southernmost installation, is located approximately 1000 feet east of the Tiger Shores Beach Access Area, just south of Nearshore Reef B. It is the largest of the three reefs, with the heaviest population of marine life and the largest quantity of concrete and steel bridge components.
When the weather is calm and clear, you’ll find excellent snorkeling at each of the Nearshore Reefs, which are teeming with a variety of juvenile tropical fish. Species include Spadefish, Porkfish, Snook, Goliath Grouper, Stingrays and more. These sites are also a popular area for anglers to catch bait fish.
Watch a video of the Nearshore C Reef (Flash Video, 1:35)