Release Date: 06/13/2006

The Louisiana Artificial Reef Council has scheduled a meeting for June 19, 2006 at 1 p.m. in the Louisiana Room of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) headquarters building in Baton Rouge. 

The council provides direction for Louisiana's Artificial Reef Program, established by the Louisiana Fishing Enhancement Act.

The Artificial Reef Council is composed of LDWF Secretary Dwight Landreneau, School of the Coast and Environment Dean Dr. Ed Laws and the Louisiana Sea Grant Executive Director Dr. Charles Wilson.

The Council will discuss the status of the offshore oil and gas platforms that were damaged or destroyed during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and their potential use as special artificial reefs under Louisiana's Artificial Reef Program.  Special artificial reefs are those outside the nine planning regions designated by the Louisiana Artificial Reef Program.

The agenda for the June 19 meeting is as follows:

1)   Introduction and Welcome                                                  

2)   Review of pending permits in Planning Areas
3)   Criteria for Consideration
4)   Special Artificial Reef Site (SARS) Requests to LDWF

5)   Public Comments

6)   Council Action

7)   Adjourn

For a complete list of those platforms being considered for special artificial reef sites (item 4) or for more information, contact Rick Kasprzak at 225-765-2375 or rkasprzak@wlf.louisiana.gov.