ST. TAMMANY PARISH, La. — CCA and Conservation Partners are building a Fishing Pier Reef with recycled I-10 twin span rubble.
The Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) of Louisiana, Shell Oil Company, The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and Bertucci Contractors will begin construction next week on a new artificial reef in Lake Pontchartrain, to be built around the base of the new St. Tammany Fishing Pier in Slidell.
The reef is being built using recycled material taken from the old I-10 Twin Span Bridges that were damaged by Hurricane Katrina. The new "St. Tammany Fishing Pier Reef" will be the third reef built by CCA and LDWF in Lake Pontchartrain using material from the damaged bridges. The South Shore Reef and the Kim and Dudley Vandenborre reefs were built in 2010 and 2011, respectively.
In 2012, St. Tammany Parish completed construction on the St. Tammany Fishing Pier, using two 1,500 foot spans of the old I-10 bridges. The opening weekend saw thousands of area anglers fishing the pier, and it has remained a very popular and productive fishing spot for anglers and their families. At the grand opening, CCA Volunteers gave out free rods and reels to the first 200 kids on the pier.
The recycled material will be broken down into 6-8 inch diameter pieces or smaller, and will be placed between the two spans.
The St. Tammany Fishing Pier will be the 12th built by CCA in recent years, and the 5th to utilize recycled material. In 2012, CCA and their partners completed the Brad Vincent Reef in Calcasieu Lake and the Buras High School Reef in Breton Sound. Later this spring CCA will build its 13th reef near Cypremort Point, in Vermilion Bay. Funding for the St. Tammany Pier Reef was provided by Shell Oil Company, CCA’s Building Conservation Trust and LDWF’s Artificial Reef Trust Fund. Continuing support of CCA’s Artificial Reef Program is provided by the Paul Candies Family.
CCA Louisiana is the largest marine resource conservation group of its kind in the state. Entering its 30th year with more than 30,000 members and volunteers in 24 local chapters, CCA has been active in state, national and international fisheries management issues since 1977.