Abstract: This paper presents a mathematical study for the Bragg scattering of water waves propagating over a series of rectangular poro-elastic submerged breakwaters. Based on the linear wave theory and the improved Biot's theory of poro-elastic media with suitable matching conditions, an analytical solution was obtained as a function of elasticity, permeability and geometry of the submerged breakwaters. Experiments were also conducted in a wave flume to verify the present analytical study. In addition, the Bragg resonances for different influence parameters were studied. Satisfactory agreement between the theoretical predictions and the laboratory observations demonstrates the applicability of the present analytical result.