Artificial reefs off Texas coast seen as boon to marine life

May 16, 2017 GMT

PORT O’CONNOR, Texas (AP) — Crews working six miles off the Texas coast have placed 700 concrete pyramids on the Gulf floor to form two separate artificial reefs that officials say will enhance the marine habitat and lure anglers and divers.

Dale Shively, who leads the artificial reef program for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, says the last of the pyramids was put in place Saturday off Port O’Connor, an unincorporated community at the northern tip of Matagorda Island.

The pyramids were placed in water about 70 feet deep and have holes allowing fish to swim through and limestone that invertebrates can burrow into.

The reefs are part of the department’s rigs-to-reef program and Shively says they were placed near two abandoned oil platforms.

The nonprofit Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation helped secure funding for the project.