Artificial Reef Program
The Louisiana Artificial Reef Program was established in 1986 to take advantage of obsolete oil and gas platforms which were recognized as providing habitat important to many of Louisiana's coastal fishes.

Since the program's inception in 1986, 71 oil and gas related companies have participated in the program and donated primarily the jackets of oil and gas structures. In addition to the material, companies also donate one half their realized savings over a traditional onshore removal into Louisiana's Artificial Reef Trust Fund.

The reef program has also developed 30 inshore reefs in Louisiana's state waters, primarily low profile reefs composed of shell or limestone. Eight inshore artificial reefs have been constructed using reef balls. Recylced concrete from the decommissioning of the old I-10 Twin Span bridges and other concrete sources have been utilized to develop new inshore reefs. Seven inshore reefs were constructed by LDWF and twenty-three others were constructed in partnership with public conservation, private groups and other governmental entities.

Visit the program website to learn more

Contact Artificial Reef Program

Mike McDonough
LA Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
PO Box 98000
Baton Rouge, Louisiana  70808
Phone: 225-763-5418


Service Area

Statewide Program in:
  • Louisiana

Office Locaters

To request additions or corrections to this entry email the Administrator