According to the Teddy Roosevelt Outdoor Partnership, the production of fishing and opportunities for saltwater fishing depend heavily on decommissioned fuel systems and other offshore structures in the Gulf of Mexico.
The best places to offshore fish in the Gulf are” these decades-old institutions offer remarkably effective and different environments for sportfish, coral, and other marine life.” However, more than 60 % of the onshore fuel rigs-turned-reels have already been demolished since 2000. Even though they were no longer involved in separation, up to 700 additional rigs could be removed over the course of the following ten years, completely eradicating the reef and its related signs.
“Recently, bipartisan legislation was introduced to protect the Gulf’s marine ecosystems and ensure saltwater fishing opportunities. The Marine Fisheries Habitat Protection Act would improve existing artificial reefing programs and require an assessment of the relationship between an offshore structure and marine ecosystems, to determine whether retention as an artificial reef, rather than removal, is appropriate.”
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