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Louisiana Statewide Artificial Reefs

Implementing Organization

State of Louisiana


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Known Leveraged Funding


Funding Organization

Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)

Funding Program

Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA


Project Category

Recreational Use

Project Actions

Engineering and/or Construction

Targeted Resources

Recreational Resources

Project Description

The Louisiana Artificial Reef Program (LARP) was authorized by the Louisiana Fishing Enhancement Act of 1986 and enacted in 1987 with the publishing of the Louisiana Artificial Reef Plan. This state legislation was a by-product of the National Fishing Enhancement Act of 1984, which developed the framework for individual states to develop artificial reef programs. Inshore and nearshore artificial reef sites are typically in areas of high use by multiple user groups and are extremely popular with recreational anglers. These reef sites can be used by large numbers of anglers due to relatively short travel distances from popular marinas and boat launches. The convenient access opportunities provide options to stay closer to shore during inclement weather conditions. Some artificial reef sites are also developed in association with fishing piers. Local fishing clubs, charter operations, and conservation associations continue to express interest in the development of inshore and nearshore reefs. Projected benefits are enhanced fishing opportunities and multi-trophic ecological services of the artificial reefs. This project will enhance 11 existing coastal reef sites (9 inshore and 2 nearshore) by adding new reef material to increase the habitat complexity of the reef complexes, while providing increased recreational fishing opportunities to the public. The development of these reef enhancements is guided by the Louisiana Inshore and Nearshore Artificial Reef Plan, which is implemented through the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) under the oversight of the Louisiana Artificial Reef Council (Revised Statutes 56:639). on "More Info" link below


Beth Golden
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