Shell Oil Co. Donates $1.5 Million to Marine Habitat Conservation

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Shell Oil Co. announced this week it has donated $1.5 million to the Coastal Conservation Association.

The funds will go towards marine habitat conservation, with the first $250,000 of the donation going to Louisiana's Independence Island, the Associated Press reported. Gov. Bobby Jindal, conservation association representatives and Shell officials unveiled their plans on Dec. 14.

Louisiana Independence Island, located in Barataria Bay near Grand Isle, will get two new limestone reefs installed which will provide a new fishing spot for anglers in Grand Isle. The reefs will help to build back up the fisheries habitat that had experienced coastal erosion and subsidence that had sunk most of the island, AP reported.

Shell's donation will be matched by a state grant to cover the costs of the new reefs. The reefs will cover four acres and should be installed by the spring, the news outlet stated.

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