CCA Louisiana’s REEF Program recently built a new artificial reef in Vermilion Block 69, on a former speckled trout fishing hotspot where oil and gas platforms had been removed. The new reef complex was named in honor of Acadiana area conservationist Z.T. “Jack” Cart. Along with conservation partners Shell, CCA’s Building Conservation Trust and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, CCA Louisiana built the large artificial reef using a variety of recycled concrete “materials of opportunity.” The materials have been made available to the chapter through multiple donors and approved for use on the project. 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. It was the 34th reef project by CCA Louisiana in recent years, representing nearly $15 million in habitat creation.
GPS coordinates for CCA Louisiana reef projects can be found at CCALouisiana.com.