Fishing hot spots

Little has been reported lately about a continuing program in the US Gulf of Mexico that promotes the healthy development of reef environments through the use of decommissioned platforms.Launched in 1986 with the passage of the National Fishing Enhancement Act, the "rigs-to-reefs" program is designed to convert retired oil production platforms into synthetic reefs rather than removing the out-of-service structures from the water. Before the passage of NFEA, federal regulations had required the platform's removal within 1 year of termination of the lease.To support the program, oil companies make donations equaling roughly half the cost that would have been spent to remove the platforms...

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