Chevron, LDWF team up to add critical reef habitat south of Cocodrie

Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) of Louisiana, Chevron, Building Conservation Trust (CCA's National Habitat Program, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and DLS Energy will begin construction on an expansion to the Point Mast artificial reef in Lake Pelto next Tuesday.

This will be the second enhancement to the original Point Mast reef, constructed by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in 1985.  An additional 3,500 tons of crushed limestone was added by CCA Louisiana in 2009. This addition will be comprised of approximately 1200 tons of crushed limestone and will create between two and three acres of new reef habitat on the site. 

Enhancement of this reef will support a variety of marine life, including oyster, crustaceans and small baitfish.  These species serve as forage to sportfish like redfish, speckled trout, flounder and others, making this new habitat a perfect spot for Louisiana anglers. The reefs’ location in lower Lake Pelto is a site that was formerly emergent islands composed of relic oyster shells and dominated by dense stand of black mangrove.

This project marks the third reef-building collaboration between CCA Louisiana and Chevron and is the 22nd artificial reef overall to be built by CCA Louisiana.  In total, CCA has constructed more than $8 million in marine habitat projects on the Louisiana coast.

Funding for the project will be provided through CCA’s Building Conservation Trust, Chevron and LDWF‘s Artificial Reef Development Fund.  In-kind materials and services will be provided by DLS Energy.  Continued support of CCA Louisiana’s habitat program is provided by the Paul Candies Family. 

A dedication ceremony and media site visit is scheduled for tomorrow at 10AM at Coco Marina.