Artificial Reef Program

Posted on May 01, 2011 by State of Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

The Louisiana Artificial Reef Program was established in 1986 to take advantage of obsolete oil and gas platforms which were recognized as providing habitat important to many of Louisiana's coastal fishes. Federal law and international treaty require these platforms to be removed one year after production ceases. The removal of these platforms results in a loss of reef habitat.

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Issues: Rigs to Reefs