Artificial Reefs, a Means to Restore Marine Life, Are Featured in the “Leading Edge”, Hosted by Jimmy Johnson

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Natural reefs are being decimated by mankind and artificial reefs are becoming a viable alternative.

Reefs are a wellspring of strange and beautiful sea-life, catering to an entire ecosystem and acting as an important shelter for multiple protected species. Many of these plants and animals exist only within or around these reefs, and are being destroyed by reckless seafaring and pollution. Artificial reefs, designed and implemented by man, may help to curb the loss of marine plant and animal life by recreating a livable environment for these aquatic wonders.

Artificial reefs have been utilized for centuries, and can be made from many materials like concrete blocks, or the most popular modern method; decommissioned and sunken naval vessels. “Leading Edge”, hosted by Jimmy Johnson exposes the science behind this process, along with the potential for future reef opportunities. With every artificial reef created, the process becomes more streamlined, and more aquatic life is preserved.

“Leading Edge” will also examine how efforts to utilize artificial reefs can provide practical benefits to nearby populations, such as tourism and mainland shielding. These reefs, made with environmentally friendly materials, continue to produce life and can help return areas of the ocean to their former glory.

Distributed to Public Television stations throughout the United States, Leading Edge is not distributed through PBS. Visit the Leading Edge website at or email the producers at info(at)leadingedgeseries(dot)com for more information.

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