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Shell donates $450K to protect state’s marine life

The Associated Press

Published: Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 4:32 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 4:32 a.m.

BATON ROUGE, La. – The state’s efforts to protect marine life in coastal waters and the Gulf of Mexico have received a boost with a $450,000 donation from Shell.

Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham says the money will help create “amazing fishing opportunities for charter boat captains, recreational and commercial fishermen,” through the state’s artificial reef program.

Barham says the donation complements the company’s September decommissioning of its Eugene Island platform and the relocation of the platform steel jacket to create an artificial reef about 100 miles south of Iberia Parish.

Since the Louisiana program’s inception in 1986, 75 oil and gas related companies have participated. More than 60 offshore reef sites have been created off Louisiana’s coast.

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