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Reef Naming Ceremony to Take Place at Gulf State Park on February 22

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) will hold an artificial reef zone naming ceremony at Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores, Ala., on February 22, 2019. The ceremony will take place at the Dunes Terrace at the Gulf State Park Lodge at 2 p.m. The media is invited to attend.
During the ceremony eight artificial reef zones will be named in honor of individuals and organizations that have made substantial contributions to the continued development of the largest artificial reef program in the U.S. 

The eight artificial reef zones will be named for the following individuals and organizations:

  • Dr. Robert Shipp
  • Dr. Sean Powers
  • Dr. Stephen Szedlmayer
  • Alabama Charter Fishing Association
  • Alabama Gulf Coast Reef and Restoration Foundation
  • Alabama Wildlife Federation
  • Coastal Conservation Association of Alabama
  • National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Chris Blankenship, ADCNR Commissioner, will officiate the ceremony. Officials with the Alabama Marine Resources Division and local community leaders will also be in attendance. 

Alabama's Artificial Reef Program is the product of a cooperative agreement between the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers and ADCNR’s Marine Resources Division. To learn more, visit

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through four divisions: Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit


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