I live on a salt water canal with tides and I want to create a safe haven for little fish.
This is the area
Here are some videos for you. I wish you the very best!
See if these help!
Depending where you are, contact these guys as they may provide a FREE reef!
Natural coral reefs are sturdy and secure. Artificial reefs, if not designed properly, may not be quite as stable. If an artificial coral reef is not of sufficient weight, strong storms can carry the reef from its intended to location to where it may cause more harm than good, damaging existing natural reefs and destroying angler’s nets and other fixtures. Artificial reefs must be designed to bear the brunt of the ocean’s most powerful forces.
One major issue with artificial coral reefs is that they are not usually marked on a map. This can create dangerous scenarios for casual boaters or vessels...are all at risk of running aground on artificial reefs or ending up with catastrophic damage caused by a collision.
SPECIFICALLY FOR YOUR DOCK!
DO check to see if you need permission from the State, etc. to do this!
Hi Manon, that is so cool that you are taking on this endeavor!! I have been doing some reading and concrete and steel are an excellent mediums for creating artificial reefs, here's a link to give you the do's and don'ts of creating a reef
KeepAmericaFishing.org has an article titled "Christmas Trees for Improved Fish Habitat" that you may find interesting. Seems like a great way to recycle cut evergreen trees and give your fish a place to find shelter.
If you can anchor two or three tires under your pier, you can help the ecology in several ways. But as Robin Garner and others mentioned, do check with whatever government agencies rule your access to the sea. Have a good summer! Jewell
Although not in the same park as this you could look at the tech spoke about here
Just see if you are able to implement it in anyway.