OC Reef Report July 30th

The OC Reef Foundation drops cinder blocks every time the Morning Star heads out on a trip. They have created a massive amount of fish-able bottom off the Ocean City Maryland coastline. Captain Monty Hawkins puts out a report we like to pass along to you all.

Greetings All, 
We are fortunate beyond belief to have Nick Caloyianis and Clarita Berger so nearby. They’ve spent a lifetime filming underwater for National Geographic & Discovery. Now more settled and full time with MPT, I was able to steal Nick away on a Sunday for some reef monitoring.  They knew I was keenly interested in how the “reef block” program is performing. 

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Cinder blocks strapped together and ready to be dropped.

Conclusion? Though slow as molasses, dropping blocks every trip is certainly worthwhile!

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Cinder block stack covered in “reef” life notice the large starfish feeding on mussels. This stack is like the one above dropped a few years ago. photo by
Nick Caloyianis


You can plainly see a chimney block unit (my favorite with square center) and a larger ‘block unit.’ Both are where we strap them together and push them over at once.

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Cement cinder blocks covered by reef life. You can see the chimney block in the upper left, and new block that was just dropped in the background. .. photo by Nick Caloyianis


The will have more images soon. They’re busy professionals and will get to it as able!
Cheers 
Monty 

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