The reefs are in a loose cluster about 3 miles west of the
Causeway bridge and 2 ½ miles north of the Jefferson Parish
Unlike the first reef constructed by the group, which was made of
limestone aggregate, these are made of reef balls. Reef balls are 2-
to 3-foot hollow concrete spheres, perforated by large holes.
According to Louisiana State University AgCenter marine advisor
Mark Schexnayder, who acts as technical facilitator for the reef
project, using reef balls instead of limestone rocks will provide
more vertical relief and produce more current breaks.
That, he said, will attract forage species, which will in turn
attract predator species, such as speckled trout and redfish.
The working group is jointly led by
John Lopez of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation and Woody
Crews of the Jefferson Parish Marine Fisheries Advisory Board.
Formation of the group was stimulated by the adoption of a
resolution by the Louisiana Wildlife Federation in 2000 urging reef
creation in the lake. Help from Louisiana Department of Wildlife and
Fisheries was crucial in the permitting and surveying process.
Populations of fish and other creatures on the reefs will be
Mike Porrier of the University of New Orleans.
-- Shrimp -- Offshore waters: open. Inshore waters: zones 2 and
3, open until Dec. 16. Zone 1 open until Dec. 31, except for Breton
and Chandeleur sounds, which shall remain open.
-- Oyster -- Bay Gardene and Hackberry Bay Oyster seed
reservations, the temporary natural reef in Little Lake and the
primary public seed grounds and public sacking area east of the
Mississippi River, open until April 1. Calcasieu Lake public tonging
area, open until April 30. All closings will be a half hour after
sunset. All other public areas closed.
-- Redfish -- Federal waters: recreational and commercial,
closed. State waters: commercial, closed; recreational, open.
-- Speckled trout -- Commercial rod and reel, closed until Jan.
-- Striped mullet -- Commercial strike net, open until Jan. 15.
-- Pompano -- Commercial strike net season in Breton and
Chandeleur sounds, closed until Aug. 1.
-- Swordfish -- Commercial, open.
-- King mackerel -- Commercial, closed until July 1.
-- Gag, black and red groupers -- Commercial, open until Feb. 15.
-- Amberjack -- Commercial, open to Feb. 29.
-- Bullfrogs and lagoon frogs -- Open to March 31.
-- Large coastal sharks in federal waters -- Closed until Jan. 1.
-- Sharks in state waters -- Commercial, closed until Jan. 1.
Recreational, open until March 31.
-- The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission will meet
today at 10 a.m. at the Wildlife and Fisheries Building, 2000 Quail
Drive, Baton Rouge.
-- The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council and its
committees will meet Sunday starting at 1 p.m. until Wednesday at
noon at the Palace Casino Resort in Biloxi, Miss.
-- The Louisiana State Seafood Industry Advisory Board will meet
Nov. 13 at 1 p.m. at the Wildlife and Fisheries Building in Baton
. . . . . . .
Jerald Horst is a fisheries professor at the LSU AgCenter.
Fisheries questions may be answered by calling marine agents Mark
Schexnayder, 838-1170 in Jefferson, St. Charles and St. John the
Baptist parishes; Brian LeBlanc, 893-4449, in St. Tammany and
Tangipahoa parishes; and Rusty Gaude, 433-3664, in Plaquemines, St.
Bernard and Orleans parishes.