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CCA's Plaquemines Chapter Spearheads new Breton Sound Reef (Posted on 12/12/12 at 1:56 pm)
CCA Louisiana, Shell Oil Company, The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, The Barrier Island Restoration and Development Society (BIRDS) and Bertucci Contactors have begun construction on a much anticipated artificial reef in Breton Sound. The reef is being built using recycled material taken from historic Buras High School, which was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina and never re-opened.
Now, the school which was once filled with students, will provide a home for schools of fish.
The material will be broken down into chunks ranging from 12” to 24” in diameter, and placed strategically over a 6-8 acre area just north and east of California Point. Official coordinates will be released once construction is completed.
After completion, mooring buoys placed around the perimeter of the site will mark the reef. Anglers will have the option to tie off to the specially designed buoys if they choose.
“If recent projects are any indication, we would expect this reef to begin supporting marine life shortly after deployment,” said CCA Louisiana CEO David Cresson. “It would not be surprising to hear reports of specks and reds being caught on the reef during Summer 2013.”