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REEFS TO RICHES


Louisiana’s fisheries in a class by themselves. By Chris Holmes


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ISH ARE STRUCTURE ORIENTED, and that structure can be anything from a submerged tree to a natural oyster bar to an oil or gas platform. When it comes to coastal fishing, structure is often the key to success. But what happens when your favorite fishing spot is literally being dismantled? Offshore rigs are widely known as an ecosystem within them- selves, and the popular Louisiana Artificial Reef program was started in 1986 to stop the complete removal of the structures once they are no longer being used for production. It quickly became a win-win


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