Chevron Press Release - Louisiana Department Of Wildlife & Fisheries Recognizes Chevron
BATON ROUGE, Oct. 6, 1994 -- Chevron U.S.A. Production Company was recognized today by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDW&F) for its participation in the state's Artificial Reef Program. Since the program's inception in 1987, Chevron has turned 17 structures into reefs and donated more than $1.2 million. Chevron leads all participants in both the number of structures reefed and dollars contributed.
During the LDW&F Commissioner's meeting, William Perret, Assistant Secretary of Fisheries, presented to Chevron several plaques recognizing both the New Orleans and Lafayette offices for participation in the program. Also at the meeting, Chevron presented its latest donation of nine structures and $739,574.
"Chevron's participation in the Rigs-to-Reefs program has been critical to the program's overall success" said Rich Kasprzak, coordinator of the state's program. "The Artificial Reef program is a winning situation for all involved. The state benefits by receiving funds for the management of marine habitat, the environment benefits from the artificial reef and the companies benefit by reducing dismantling costs," said Tony Brown, Chevron production manager in New Orleans.
This summer marked the 8th anniversary of the signing of the Louisiana Fishing Enhancement Act, which laid the groundwork for the program. Since the program began, the state has created 14 reefing sites in 9 planning areas with a total of more than 40 structures turned into reefs. The areas are located from South of Lake Charles to east of Plaquemines Parish.
The submerged drill and production structures provide a hard bottom substrate to support some of the most basic sources of nutrition to many sport fish. The massive steel stanchions that criss-cross the huge structures provide the necessary surface area to raise communities of alga, corals and barnacles. These in turn provide hiding places and food for large communities of fish. Snapper, mackerel, sea trout, sheephead, amberjack and redfish are but a few of the species that can be found at the new reef sites.
State monitoring has shown the reefs to harbor 20 to 50 times more fish than nearby soft-bottom environments of the Gulf of Mexico. Artificial reefs and oil and gas structures are the destination of more than 75 percent of all saltwater fishing trips originating in Louisiana.
Chevron U.S.A. Production Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Chevron Corporation. Chevron has about 3,400 employees in Louisiana.
Updated: October 1994