Construction has begun on an island reef near Grand Isle that is expected to boost recreational fishing in an area damaged by erosion.
The 4-acre limestone reef will be sited where the historic Grand Isle fishing hot spot Independence Island was once located. Years of erosion and degradation caused the once-emergent island to completely disappear. While recreational fishing boats have been seldom seen in the area over recent years, the new reef structure is sure to attract fish and fishermen alike.
The center of the reef will be located at 29° 18′ 29.40″ N, -89° 56′ 00.24″ W and will be marked by several mooring buoys. Anglers will have the option to tie their boats to the buoys without dropping anchor. The buoys are not only convenient but will also help preserve the reef structure against damage from traditional boat anchors.
The project is a partnership between CCA Louisiana and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Funding was provided through the LDWF Artificial Reef Development Fund and the CCA Building Conservation Habitat Program, including a lead gift from Shell Oil Co. Additional funding was provided through a generous gift by the Paul Candies family. CCA Louisiana would also like to extend a special thanks to NOAA and Mr. Tim Osborn, whose assistance in planning and implementing this project were invaluable.