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new artificial reef off Cameron coast completed | Louisiana News

CAMERON, La. (AP) — Construction of a new artificial reef off the coast of a town in southwest Louisiana has been completed.

The reef, about 10 miles southwest of Holly Beach, was built in an area where an oil rig was recently removed, in a bid to rebuild fish habitat, KPLC-TV reported.

The reef was built by the Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and the Building Conservation Trust. It’s in about 25 feet (7.6 meters) of water in Cameron, which is located on the Gulf of Mexico just 30 miles (48.2 kilometers) east of the Texas state line, and can be reached by boat from Holly Beach or the Calcasieu Ship Channel.

“We have worked with our Lake Charles CCA chapter to identify this specific location,” CCA chief executive David Cresson said in a statement. “Vital fishing habitat is lost every time a rig is removed from Louisiana coastal waters. Thanks to REEF Louisiana, CCA members are doing something about it.

Several hundred tons of recycled concrete were used to create small clusters of structures spread out in columns and rows over four to five acres. Conservationists hope a diverse range of fish will inhabit the reefs, including coastal species like speckled trout and rockfish.

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“People in Southwest Louisiana have fished these rigs at West Cameron 45 for years, and it’s sad to see so many of these great fishing spots being taken away,” said chapter president Eric Mire. Lake Charles CCA. “It makes me proud of the CCA, the Lake Charles Chapter and our partners to see us replace these removed platforms with new fish habitat. »

A new coastal reef is expected to be completed in Lake Calcasieu in 2022.

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