McMoran looks to donate platform

May 4, 2011

McMoRan Exploration is offering to uproot and donate its eight-pile oil and gas production platform jacket in Eugene Island Block 198

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Reef project aims to bring back fishermen

May 29, 2011

HOUMA — Fishing enthusiasts are hoping to give Grand Isle a boost by restoring a former fishing hot spot claimed by coastal erosion into a bustling artificial reef.

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Artificial reefs could resurrect oysters beeds on Independence Island, Lousiana

Dec 19, 2010

Luouisinanas Governor Bobby Jindal announced that Independence Island – formerly an emergent island in Barataria Bay near Grand Isle – will be one of the first beneficiaries of the Building Conservation Program.

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Shell donates $1.5M to build La. artificial reefs

December 15, 2010

Shell Oil Co. has donated $1.5 million to the Coastal Conservation Association for marine habitat conservation, and the first $250,000 will be used on Louisiana's Independence Island.

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Dismantling unused oil rigs could boost Louisiana's artificial reef program

Oct 24, 2010

A month after the Interior Department ordered oil and gas companies operating in the Gulf of Mexico to dismantle hundreds of production platforms that are no longer in use, many fishers, charter boat captains and conservationists are optimistic that some of the structures could be converted into artificial reefs, which they say would help protect the marine ecosystem.

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CCA calls for fish hatchery and artificial reefs to counter oil spill effects

June 10, 2010

Today I testified to a congressional subcommittee about how the BP oil spill is severely affecting Louisiana’s recreational fishing grounds that we love so much.

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New Study Confirms RFA's Claims on Red Snapper Abundance

May 12, 2009

NEW ORLEANS – Four miles off Lakeshore Drive in New Orleans, a barge is dumping 180 concrete structures into nearly 20 feet of water in Lake Pontchartrain.

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  New Study Confirms RFA's Claims on Red Snapper Abundance

March 4, 2009

A new study released by Dr. Robert Shipp and Dr. Steve Bortone reveals that the Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper stock may be at a higher level of abundance than estimated by National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).

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Regulators run the rule over US Gulf idle iron

Thursday, October 02, 2008
From: Offshore Engineer
By: Russell McCulley

The US Minerals Management Service is stepping up its efforts to get "idle iron" - rigs, wells and associated infrastructure that have been off production for five years or more - out of the hurricane-prone Gulf of Mexico. OE?s Russell McCulley talks to the MMS and others about the push and how increased decommissioning could further strain an already high demand for service vessels and personnel.

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