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Tod Sirod Reef
Location
Location Gulf of Mexico
Coordinates 26°7.771′N 82°2.290′W / 26.129517°N 82.038167°W / 26.129517; -82.038167Coordinates: 26°7.771′N 82°2.290′W / 26.129517°N 82.038167°W / 26.129517; -82.038167
Country  United States
Geology
Type artificial reef

Tod Sirod Reef, formerly known as Collier 1 Reef is an artificial reef in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Collier County, Florida. It is part of a network of artificial reefs off the coast of the county.

History

Construction of the reef was done by a public-private partnership in 2015. In total 36 artificial reefs off the Collier County coastline has been created in six new reef areas.

New reef areas
Reef Name Location GPS
Wasmer Reef 10 nautical miles from Gordon Pass 26°01.973'N 81°58.557'W
Foote Family Reef 17 nautical miles from Gordon Pass 26°01.205'N 82°06.586'W
Collier #1 aka Tod Sirod Reef 10 nautical miles from Gordon Pass 26°07.771'N 82°02.290'W
Collier #2 14 nautical miles from Gordon Pass 26°03.731'N 82°03.316'W
Marco #1 16 nautical miles from Marco Pass 25°41.700'N 81°46.880'W
Rooney Reef 26.6 nautical miles from Marco Pass 25°54.244'N 82°14.258'W

Structure

The reef is composed of pyramid-shaped limestone reef modules and old concrete benches.

Marine life

Since their installation, the reef structure has been colonized by many forms of marine life including giant anemones and symbiotic cleaner shrimp, wing-oysters, tunicates, soft coral, algae, variegated and rock-boring urchins, and sea cucumbers. Fish observed at the reef include mangrove and lane snappers, sheepshead, spadefish, jack-knifefish, butterfly fish, grouper, angelfish, wrasse, and grunts.

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