The Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana is scheduled to begin construction of a new artificial reef near West End in Lake Pontchartrain on May 31, according to a news release.
The first of multiple reefs scheduled for the area, it will consist of about 2,200 tons of limestone and crushed concrete and will be placed near a planned fishing pier.
The reef will create new fish habitat for the area, and should provide anglers with an easily accessible spot to target speckled trout, redfish, black drum and other species, the release states.
The project, which is sponsored by CCA, Chevron, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and Pontchartrain Materials, is part of an overall plan by Orleans Parish to revitalize West End by rebuilding the fishing pier and refurbishing the public boat launch, which were damaged in Hurricane Katrina.
The second reef in the area will be built after the new fishing pier is completed, according to the release.