El Dorado made into artificial reef after being damaged during Hurricane Michael

Published: May. 3, 2019 at 5:05 PM CDT
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A desolated ship got another day at sea Friday when it was taken to the Gulf of Mexico to become a home for the fish.

For months after Hurricane Michael, the El Dorado could be seen turned over in the bay behind Gulf Coast State College.

It was deployed in the Gulf of Mexico Friday after being made into an artificial reef.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission claimed the boat after the storm but turned it over to the county so it could be made into an artificial reef.

The boat was sunk around 12 miles offshore from Panama City Beach Friday afternoon.

The county spent the last three months working with FWC to prepare the boat for its final resting place.

Bay County Commissioner Bill Dozier said, "It's important that we continually add artificial reefs to give the fish the cover that they need, the habitat that they need, to be able to attract the fish for the diving industry and the fishing industry.

Scott Jackson with the University of Florida IFAS Extension for Bay County said, "The El Dorado was a good candidate because it was an aluminum vessel. It's the perfect size, it's going to be a great diving reef and a great fishing reef too."

Jackson and Dozier both said the reef will benefit not only the marine life in the area but also the economy.

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