In Louisiana’s Calcasieu Lake, a reef grows courtesy of Phillips 66
Initiatives that provide sustainable answers and protect, beautify and promote our natural environment are a cornerstone to Phillips 66’s long-term commitment to southwest Louisiana. Partnering with local conservation, trust the Lake Charles Manufacturing Complex is helping to sustain and preserve a southwest Louisiana’s lake habitat.
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Many area locals and Phillips 66 employees and their families spend their off time on the waterways. This reef expansion will make this already popular angling destination even bigger and better.
With the supplemental funding of a Phillips 66 Lake Charles Manufacturing Complex grant of $90,000 the Coastal Conservation Association’s Building Conservation Trust has added an additional 4-acres to the Brad Vincent Reef in Calcasieu Lake in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
“Phillips 66 is proud to work together with the Coastal Conservation Association to build a sustainable marine environment that preserves the important Calcasieu Lake habitat,” says Richard G. Harbison, Phillips 66 Lake Charles Manufacturing Complex Manager. “It is an incredible opportunity knowing that the volunteers and conservationists helping with this project are in alignment with our key company values to improve lives where we live and work.”
This deployment is the first enhancement to the original Brad Vincent reef, constructed in 2012 in memory of Lake Charles area conservationist Brad Vincent. The original project created roughly six acres of reef habitat in mid-Calcasieu Lake that has become a popular hot spot for Calcasieu Lake anglers.
The main objective of the artificial reef is to create new habitat and enhance marine life in Calcasieu Lake. This part of the project will provide habitat for larger vertebrates and contribute to overall ecosystem productivity. It will be approximately 3-4 acres and constructed of roughly 2,000 tons of limestone and recycled concrete. These materials will construct low-relief “shell-reef” type structures to enhance habitats and fisheries resources. This will attract shrimp, crabs and baitfish, appealing to recreational anglers, while also enhancing the local economy.