Gulf of Mexico
via Friends of RGV Reef

TX - Diving Deep for Vital Marine Carbon Sequestration Research

Enbridge-funded study will examine artificial reef off Texas coast, explore possibility of reducing society’s carbon footprint

Red snapper. Grouper. Shrimp. Turtles.

They all live among the 1,650-acre Rio Grande Valley Reef, the largest and most complex artificial reef off the coast of Texas.

And in the future, carbon could find a home here, too.

Today, Friends of RGV Reef, a Texas non-profit, announced it’s launching a new marine study to determine the carbon sequestration potential of the reef, located 13 miles northeast of South Padre Island’s jetties in the Gulf of Mexico.

The artificial reef, an existing collaboration between Friends of RGV Reef and the Edinburg, TX-based University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), has made significant strides in restoring red snapper and other sea life populations in the Gulf of Mexico since it was established in 2015.

“We are embarking on another important mission—this one to see if what we’re doing here in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico could one day directly benefit all Texans on land, and even lead to a better world for all people,” notes Friends of RGV Reef president Gary Glick.

“The research we are conducting here will fill important gaps in our knowledge regarding carbon sequestration in the marine environment, and will be the first of its kind in Texas,” says Richard Kline, Ph.D., professor at the UTRGV’s School of Earth, Environmental and Marine Sciences. “It’s suspected that artificial reefs can hold a substantial amount of carbon biomass, but like detectives, we’ll analyze the data to find out if that’s really the case.”

Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do at Enbridge, and through exploration of new energy technologies like carbon capture and storage, clean hydrogen and renewable natural gas (RNG), we’re helping to build society’s bridge to a cleaner energy future.

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