The enhancement of 10 synthetic reef websites is now full. Tasks, stretching throughout 5 Louisiana coastal basins, started in June 2019 and continued via September 2021. The addition of recent reef materials to those established websites will increase the reef habitat and complexity, whereas offering elevated leisure fishing alternatives to the general public.
Synthetic reef websites have been enhanced with recycled concrete and crushed limestone. Water depth and permitted acreage decided the dimensions and quantity of fabric deployed. Reef enhancements have been accomplished inside the vary of salinities optimum for well-liked leisure saltwater species like speckled trout, redfish, and flounder. All inshore synthetic reef websites are shielded from oyster harvest, permitting oysters rising inside the reef allow areas to supply oyster larvae to close by oyster reefs for the long run.
The Statewide Synthetic Reefs Venture was permitted and funded by the Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group (LA TIG) in July of 2018 within the Ultimate Restoration Plan/Environmental Evaluation (RP/EA) #2: Present and Improve Leisure Alternatives to revive for misplaced leisure alternatives that occurred because of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Coordinates for enhanced reef websites are as follows:
|Reef Website Identify||Coordinates||Materials Kind and Measurement||Basin||Tons of Materials Deployed|
|East Calcasieu||29° 53.1144’, 93° 16.763’||Limestone + Crushed Concrete||Calcasieu||4,000 tons|
|West Finish||30° 01.849’, 90° 07.227’||Limestone||Pontchartrain||300 tons|
|Lake Entrance||30˚ 03.521’, 89˚ 59.608’||Limestone||Pontchartrain||1,950 tons|
|Cypremort Level II||29˚ 44.328’, 91˚ 52.764’||Limestone||Vermillion||7,650 tons|
|Rabbit Island||29˚ 30.567’, 91˚ 33.867’||Limestone||Vermillion||9,750 tons|
|Ship Shoal 26||29° 06.396, 91° 3.237’||Limestone||Nearshore||8,000 tons|
|Level Mast||29˚ 06.444’, 90˚ 38.143’||Limestone||Terrebonne||4,000 tons|
|Chook Island||29˚ 03.560’, 90˚ 43.430’||Limestone||Terrebonne||4,000 tons|
|Grand Isle 9||29° 11.2211,89° 53.3357’||Limestone||Nearshore||450 packing containers|
|Independence Island||29˚ 18.450’, 89˚ 56.002’||Limestone||Barataria||15,000 tons|
For extra info, together with further reef places and maps, please go to the Louisiana Synthetic Reef Program web site at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/artificial-reef-program.
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