The Louisiana Artificial Reef Council has approved for further consideration the establishment of four special artificial reef sites (SARS) offshore. The action was taken during the council's March 14, 2008 meeting at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in Baton Rouge.
All four sites contain platforms or jack-up rigs that were either destroyed or damaged by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The four proposals that were approved for further consideration by the council are Rowan Companies, Inc.'s East Cameron 346 and Ship Shoal 247, Anadarko's Eugene Island 296 and Chevron's Eugene Island 338.
Special reefs sites are those created to take advantage of material available for construction outside the nine planning regions designated by the Louisiana Artificial Reef Program. The council provides direction for the program, established by the Louisiana Fishing Enhancement Act in 1986 to enhance and maintain fish habitat in the state's offshore waters by utilizing oil and gas structures that are no longer used.
Two public hearings to discuss the proposals further and gain public input will be held. The first public hearing will be held at the Larose Civic Center at 307 E. 5th St. Larose, LA 70373 on Tuesday April 15th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The second public hearing will be held at the LSU AgCenter building at 1105 West Port St. Abbeville, LA 70510 on Thursday April 17th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
For more information, contact Douglas Peter, LDWF Artificial Reef Coordinator, at 225-765-2375 or firstname.lastname@example.org.