David Walter

Biography

David Walter grew up in Mobile, AL, joined the Marine Corp in 1966, served in Viet Nam, and honorably discharged. He worked at the Terminal Railway in Mobile for two years before attending Faulkner College in Bay Minette, AL to become an engineer. He started a part-time boat repair business that grew too large to accommodate college. This business grew into a shipyard in Fairhope, AL. In 1987, he sold the shipyard, moved to Orange Beach, becoming the first commercial reef builder on the Gulf Coast. To date, he has deployed over 45,000 artificial reefs. He holds several patents for artificial reefs and wave attenuators. Walter Marine/Reefmaker manufactures and deploys artificial fishing reefs, snorkeling reefs, and wave attenuators worldwide.

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Bio
David Walter became the first commercial reef builder on the Gulf Coast. To date, he has deployed over 45,000 artificial reefs. He holds several patents for artificial reefs and wave attenuators. Walter Marine/Reefmaker manufactures and deploys artificial fishing reefs, snorkeling reefs, and wave attenuators worldwide.

Overview of Reefmaker
This video covers most of what Walter Marine/Reefmaker does.

Snorkeling Reefs
Snorkeling reefs installed by Reefmaker in Navarre Beach, FL.

Wave Attenuator
Installation of wave attenuator at Yellow River Marsh Preserve in Milton, FL. They were losing 20 feet of shoreline a year. Ecosystems wave attenuator stopped the land loss and allowed aquatic grass to be planted where none could grow before.

EcoSystems complex artificial reef
Walter Marine/Reefmaker's complex artificial reef providing habitat and protection for juvenile fish.

Sinking the Lulu
Alabama style deployment of the "Lulu" off Orange Beach, Alabama. Complete with the Wet Willie band concert 17 miles offshore during the sinking.

New Deployment vessel
Walter Marine/Reefmaker's new vessel equipped with Dynamic Positioning deploying Super reefs.

Voodo jets
Voodo jets deployed in Panama City, Florida

Reef Wrangler reality show
One of Walter Marine/Reefmaker's episodes of its reality show "Reef Wrangler"

Books

Reef Making - Transforming Oceans One Artificial Reef at a Time
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 44,640. Language: American English. Published: September 3, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Ocean life, Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Earth Sciences / Oceanography
This riveting book takes the reader through the history and process of how artificial reefs are made, as well as illustrating the many types of materials used in reef making. Readers will also learn how Walter’s business is partnering with marine environment think tanks to find ways to increase oyster production, overcome problems with invasive species and improve water quality.

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