This is another project CCA is involved in.
Jailhouse Reef under construction
A joint effort to build a new reef off the Mississippi coast from the remains of a jailhouse destroyed by Hurricane Katrina is nearing completion. The Department of Marine Resources, U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor’s office, Coastal Conservation Association Mississippi
and Mississippi Gulf Fishing Banks joined forces to build a new fishing reef in 8 feet of water, close to Buccaneer and Bayou Caddy. Jailhouse Reef will consist of three legs built in a half-moon shape. Spaces 10 to 15 feet wide are being placed between the legs, to facilitate water flow.
“With the looming environmental impacts of an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, creating habitat with projects like this has never been more important,” said Pat Murray, president of CCA.
The structure is being built of old concrete being donated by various sources, including the cities of Bay St. Louis and Waveland and Hancock County. Jailhouse Reef is so-named because its primary source of concrete comes from the former Hancock County Jail in Old Town in Bay St. Louis. The jail was ruined by high water and winds from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Concrete from the old jail will constitute much of the new reef, which will not only provide fish habitat but also help prevent beach erosion. The new reef is the third reef constructed off Mississippi in recent years, following Handkerchief Shoal Key off Bay St. Louis and another reef located south of Deer Island in Harrison County.