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Reef in Calcasieu Parish expands, creating more habitat for marine life

Posted: 7:18 PM, Jul 20, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-03 11:34:10-04

A man-made reef in Calcasieu Parish is a little larger on Friday.

The Brad Vincent Reef, named after a late conservationist who aimed to preserve marine habitats, expanded for the first time since it was built in 2012. 

2,000 tons of crushed concrete was added to the Brad Vincent Reef. The 6 acre reef, now expanding to up to 10 acres. 

"This is a great day for the fish. A great day for the fishermen. A great day for Calcasieu. We’re always so happy when we’re on these projects comes to fruition," said John Walther, Louisiana’s Habitat Committee chairman.

The popular fishing spot was created five years ago in Lake Charles in the Calcasieu Lake by the Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana.

By adding to the reef, organizers say it will help several types of marine life like oysters, trout, and flounder. It also gives opportunities to fishermen. 

"It’s an 18-month, two-year process to get to today. It’s always great to come out and see the results of it. Seeing these rocks go into the water. And seeing all the people enjoying this," said Walther. "We will have some habitat created immediately."