Council action to protect Gulf habitat

A motion made at the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meeting last week in Mobile, Alabama, could be the first step to protecting what has been regarded as the largest man-made reef in the world – the vast forest of energy-related structures in the offshore waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Dr. Bob Shipp’s request to have Council staff clarify the definition of what qualifies as artificial structure could pave the way for rigs and other vital reefs to be classified as Essential Fish Habitat.


Urgent Message to Gulf Council Members
April 13, 2012
by Doug Olander, Editor in Chief, SPORT FISHING

“…the Department of the Interior has, in some perverted logic resulting from the 2010 oil catastrophe, decided to declare that 650 or so “idle iron” structures-along with tons of living coral and all the biomass associated with that-be destroyed and removed.”

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