Covering Louisiana

Jan 31, 2014 8:33 AM by AP

Artificial reef to be built in Kenner

KENNER, La. (AP) - An artificial reef, designed to attract fish and promote fishing in Kenner's Laketown, will be built in Lake Pontchartrain on the west side of the Williams Boulevard fishing pier.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the event will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the pier.

The reef is a project of the Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana, which has partnered with Shell Oil Company, the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and Pontchartrain Materials on what will be the 13th reef built by CCA and its partners and the fourth in Lake Pontchartrain.

The first two reefs in Lake Pontchartrain - the South Shore Reef and the Kim and Dudley Vandenborre reefs - relied on recycled materials from the I-10 Twin Spans that were damaged in Hurricane Katrina. They were opened in 2010 and 2011. A third reef, the St. Tammany Fishing Pier Reef, was opened last year.

East Jefferson CCA Chapter President Bill LeJeune says the location of the Kenner reef, to be built with 2,000 tons of crushed limestone, was specifically chosen for people who want to fish off of the pier.

It is being paid for with money provided by Shell, CCA's Building Conservation Trust and the LDWF Artificial Reef Trust Fund. Continuing support of CCA's Artificial Reef Program is provided by the Paul Candies Family.

"This is a wonderful example of the state partnering with business and nonprofits to benefit the community," Mayor Michael Yenni said. "If you like to fish, this could make our pier a very popular location."

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