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HARC Engages "Citizen Scientists" Studying Rigs-to-Reefs: Carolyn LaFleur to speak at CHUM meeting January 19

Posting Date: 
Monday, December 12, 2016

Offshore oil and gas platforms that have reached the end of their productive life can be converted to artificial reef structures that attract diverse populations of fish and other organisms. Fishing, diving, and conservation groups have long been advocates for converting platforms into artificial reef habitat. For many such groups it is frustrating that less than 10% of decommissioned offshore platforms have been converted. Better understandings of how these created habitats function could lead to expanded implementation.

HARC’s Environmentally Friendly Drilling Program is studying these artificial reefs with the goal of providing guidance to streamline the process of converting platforms to habitat. The City of Houston Underwater Mariners (CHUM) will join in this endeavor as “Citizen Scientists” in the field to observe and collect data. Carolyn LaFleur, P.E., Research Assistant, will be discussing this proposed project at the CHUM meeting on January 19, 7:30 PM, at Jake’s Sports Bar, 2944 Chimney Rock, Houston, Texas.

Find out more about the U.S Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement “Rigs to Reefs” program at www.bsee.gov/what-we-do/environmental-focuses/rigs-to-reefs.