The reefs replaced habitat in an area where oil and gas platforms were removed that were once a favorite of Acadiana area speckled trout anglers.
The most recent legal briefs were filed in a lawsuit seeking to hold the state accountable for failing to meet its legal duty to protect North Carolina’s once-abundant inshore coastal fisheries from overharvest and undue waste.
In sum, any settlement which closes access for hunting and fishing on refuge lands is wholly inconsistent with the traditional and the current role that hunting and fishing play in the refuge system.
Whether conducted on public lands and waters or through voluntary partnerships with private landowners, we assert that all existing efforts to promote conservation benefits should be considered.
No Shoes Reefs, CCA and a growing list of supporting organizations continue work enhancing our marine habitat and keeping the oceans vibrant and healthy for generations.