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FGCU's Rink2Reef Program Builds Mini Artificial Reefs out of Hockey Sticks

Students at Florida Gulf Coast University’s Vester Field Station are building mini artificial reefs to create habitat for filter feeders like oysters using broken hockey sticks. The Rink2Reef program has built and installed hundreds of these reefs since its inception three years ago.

The project is a partnership between researchers at the Vester Marine and Environmental Sciences Research Field Station, FGCU’s Hockey Clubs, and the NHL’s Green Initiative Program. We’re joined by Brandon Galindo, a recent FGCU grad who works at Vester; and Samantha Schwippert, a senior at FGCU who is studying marine science and environmental studies. You can learn more about purchasing one of these mini artificial reefs by contacting Helen Noble at the Vester Field Station.