New Artificial Reef in Lake
artificial reef was recently established in Lake Pontchartrain
through a partnership of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife
and Fisheries and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation.
“These should promote fishing opportunities in the lake,” said
Mark Schexnayder, Louisiana Sea Grant Fisheries Extension Agent
in the LSU Agricultural Center, who serves the project in an
1,400-pound concrete balls were placed into the lake about five
miles south of Mandeville on January 14. The dome-shaped, hollow
cement structures with large holes allow water to flow through
them, creating an underwater habitat for algae and plankton —
food for many recreational species. This fifth artificial reef
in Lake Pontchartrain is built on an abandoned exploratory oil
and gas drilling location. Earlier, three similar reefs were
established next to shell pads that used to support oil and gas
artificial reef in Lake Pontchartrain was constructed in 2001
with mounds of crushed limestone rubble spread over a two-acre
area in Orleans Parish about 1.25 miles east of the Lakefront
Airport runway. In it, fish feeding is promoted by disruptions
in the bottom current caused by the varied relief of the mounds.
All five reefs are marked with yellow buoys.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is monitoring the
reefs to study their effectiveness.
for a map and more information about all five artificial reefs.