PUBLIC OYSTER REEF REHABILITATION MEDIA ADVISORY

Release Date: 06/05/2007

EVENT:  Public Oyster Reef Rehabilitation Project Briefing


WHEN:   Tuesday, June 5, 2007 at 10 a.m.


WHERE:   **Rigolets Marina, 52250 Hwy. 90 East, Slidell, La.


BACKGROUND:


Reef building (cultch planting) activities are rehabilitating sections of the state's public oyster resources that were impacted by Hurricane Katrina.  Public oyster reefs in two areas - Black Bay in Plaquemines Parish (completed in May) and Mississippi Sound in St. Bernard Parish (beginning in June) - are being rehabilitated with approximately $2.3 million federal hurricane disaster grant funding, part of $53 million in resource recovery funds provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration through the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission


This spring, approximately 200 acres of existing oyster reefs are being rehabilitated in each area.  These reefs were heavily impacted by the 2005 hurricanes and will be rehabilitated by placing cultch material (i.e. limestone, crushed concrete, oyster shell, etc.) on the reefs to provide suitable substrate for larval oyster attachment.


Approximately $10 million is currently programmed for oyster rehabilitation in the public oyster areas.  Additional funds will be spent in subsequent years in various public oyster areas throughout the Louisiana coast.  In addition to the $10 million for public oyster rehabilitation, approximately $12 million is being used to assist with rehabilitation work performed on private oyster leases under the Private Oyster Lease Rehabilitation (POLR) program.


** DIRECTIONS to Rigolets Marina
(NOTE: The marina is open and still being reconstructed, but there is no sign as yet erected to identify the business. It is the first set of buildings at the foot of the Hwy. 90 Rigolets Bridge on the Slidell side of the Rigolets Pass.)


From New Orleans: Take I-10 East across Lake Pontchartrain. Exit at Hwy 433 (Exit 263). Turn RIGHT onto on Old Spanish Trail/HWY 433. When HWY 433 intersects with HWY 90, turn right onto HWY 90. The Marina will be on your left, just before the cell-phone tower with the red-blinking light.


From Slidell: Take I-10 East to Exit at Hwy 433 (Exit 263). Turn LEFT onto Old Spanish Trail/HWY 433. When HWY 433 intersects with HWY 90, turn RIGHT onto HWY 90. The Marina will be on your left, just before the cell-phone tower with the red-blinking light.


For more information, contact Bo Boehringer, LDWF Press Secretary, 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.louisiana.gov.
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