Weekley Bayou Dredging

Mission Statement

The Marine Resources Division’s mission statement is to provide access to safe, healthy and productive waterways. Our management strategy is to balance resource use with resource sustainability. Marine Resources Division provides public access to marine and aquatic resources to provide the public opportunities for sustainable use. An additional non-regulatory tool utilized to implement the strategy is through outreach and education. Division programs include artificial reefs, waterways access, waterways management and special projects.

FY 2016-2017 Accomplishments

  • Obtained two new permitted artificial reef sites: Quietwater Kids Snorkeling Site and Casino Beach Snorkeling Reef. Nine new artificial reefs were deployed in the Gulf of Mexico, and one new artificial reef was deployed in the Park West Snorkeling Reef via public donations and grant funding, thus at no cost to Escambia County.
  • Continued the development of the design, engineering and permitting for a new public boat ramp on Perdido Bay, funded by a grant Marine Resources Division obtained from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
  • Completed a number of waterways management projects including: Weekley Bayou dredging, lionfish management, water monitoring for red tide and micro-plastics, and removal of three derelict vessels. The Marine Resources Division Manager serves as a representative on the technical committee for the fish hatchery to be constructed on Pensacola Bay and on the US Coast Guard’s Area Committee to maintain the area contingency plan for oil spills.
  • Completed a number of special projects including: served as weigh-master for six local fishing rodeos, participated in fishing and outdoor recreation events for youth, military, and under-served segments of the community. Managed the volunteer and intern program, providing experience in marine resources management to local college and university students and graduates.
Kids Fishing Reef Signage


Derelict vessels removed from waterways


New artificial reefs deployed via public donations and grants


Times division served as weigh-master for local fishing rodeos