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Conservation Partners Provide A Better Road For Sport Fishermen
June 10, 2003
The development of Battles Wharf Reef is made possible through a grant from the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (MBNEP), contributions from the Alabama Wildlife Federation (AWF), the Alabama Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA), the Mobile County Wildlife and Conservation Association (MCWCA), and the Point Clear Property Owners Association, and technical efforts by the Alabama Marine Resources Division (AMRD). 1,550 tons of limestone rock, commonly used as road and railway base, will be placed on the bay bottom within a well-marked perimeter of pilings.
David Yeager, Executive Director of the MBNEP, is excited about providing needed funding for the project. “Nothing comes closer to the core mission of the National Estuary Program than habitat enhancement such as this,” said Yeager. “We are proud to sponsor this effort, and will gladly participate in similar projects as appropriate in the future.”
Tim Gothard, Executive Director of the AWF, echos Yeager’s comments. “The Alabama Wildlife Federation exists for efforts such as the development of Battles Wharf Reef,” said Gothard. “This is a great day for coastal fisheries in
Walter Ernest IV, Roads to Reefs chairperson for the Alabama CCA, sees this program as “a way of ensuring that future generations get to enjoy high quality fishing in
R. Vernon Minton, Director of the AMRD, says the three best things about Battles Wharf Reef are “location, location, and location.” Minton says “Our goal with Roads to Reefs is to put quality angling within reach of even modestly outfitted coastal anglers. With Battles Wharf Reef, we do exactly that.”
Where: West end of
Proceed SOUTH from
Turn WEST (toward the bay) on Baldwin County Road 44 (
Proceed WEST on CR 44 until it intersects Scenic US 98.
Battles Road is DIRECTLY across Scenic US 98 from the end of CR 44.
Cross Scenic US 98 and proceed WEST on
Park carefully on either side of