Saturday, April 17, 2021

Presentation on Benefits of Artificial Reefs

On Monday, November 13th at 1:15 PM at Wesley United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, James Timmerman will address Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island about the benefits of installing artificial reefs sold by Ocean Habitats, Inc. under Marco Islanders’ personal docks. Mr. Timmerman, a former 12-year member of Marco Island Waterways Committee, is associated with Ocean Habitats, Inc., a 501(c) 3 nonprofit corporation dedicated to improving waterways through use of artificial mini-reefs. Timmerman has a long history of involvement with the sea, first in his career in the Merchant Marine, and now in his business of licensing his patented system for maintaining sea walls.

A “Mini Reef” after one year. The habitat structure has been completely covered with invertebrates such as oysters, sea squirts, mussels and more. (File Photo)


















The artificial mini-reefs are like a marine garden – just as green plants clean the air by using carbon dioxide and emitting oxygen, the living creatures that use the artificial reef as their home clean the water by filtering water, and they provide food for small fish, and small fish in turn provide food for larger fish, with the result that our canals on Marco Island can become vibrant homes for marine life like they were 30 years ago.

The public is welcome to attend Mr. Timmerman’s presentation. For more information about mini-reefs and Ocean Habitats, Inc., go to

Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island is a member of the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs and membership is open to those interested in horticulture, floral design and environmental matters residing five months or more in Collier County.

Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island meets the second Monday of each month, October through March, at Wesley United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 350 S. Barfield Drive, Marco Island. Business meetings begin at 12:30 PM and programs begin at 1:15 PM. Calusa Garden Club welcomes visitors interested in our educational programs and visitors interested in membership.

Contact the Garden Club at, or on the Garden Club’s website,, or visit the Club’s Facebook page Calusa Garden Club.


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