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Fish love oil rigs

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GREENIE WATCH [https://antigreen.blogspot.com/?m=1] had an article a couple of days ago about the stupidity of Bidenís attack on oil leases in the Gulf of Mexico. They showed a bunch of greenies the truth of what commercial fishermen have been telling everyone. The oil rigs & platforms have attracted huge schools of fish, not seen before to their areas. Natural coral reefs & artificial reefs attract some fish, but the oil rigs are covered in coral, & the fish life swarms around them.

This of course confirms what every water person, particularly fishermen have known for centuries. Man made structures are the preferred habitat for fish.

When I was running tourist boats in the Whitsundays we were living on my yacht, moored in Shute harbor, then the access port for the tourist boats, & the resort islands. My lady who likes fish, wanted to do some fishing, & was very disappointed with the results fishing off the yacht. I showed her that fishing from the dingy, right beside one of the small islands would be better, but if you seriously wanted to catch fish, fishing off the commercial wharf was a much better prospect, even with continual marine traffic.

When the Hook underwater observatory went in some were worried the chosen spot while great for sighting the building, it was a naturally barren spot. They need not have worried. Once in, even before the display wings were stacked with coral, the fish had moved in in schools.

There were so many that they were eating the coral polyps at a much greater rate than anticipated, requiring constant replacement. It is such a pity that greenies are so wedded to their faulty ideology, that they have trouble seeing the truth.
Posted by Hasbeen, Saturday, 27 March 2021 2:38:36 PM
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Hi Hasbeen,

What an interesting topic.

Thank You.

The oil platforms according to scientific magazines off
the California coast are the most productive fish
habitats anywhere in the world including mangrove and
coral reefs.

Than Gov. of California Arnold Schwarzenegger apparently
signed a law enabling California to consider taking over
old platforms as artificial reefs.

That was then. Today the issue remains far from settled.
Experts say it depends on the rig.

Apparently companies are exempt if there is an
environmental benefit to leaving the rigs as reef.
Some experts say it is a win-win situation. The fish
get to live and the companies will donate some of their
significant savings to marine conservation.

We're told that the reasons for the abundance of fish life
is due to a number of factors:

1) There's less fishing around the oil riggs (basically
they're like a marine protected area).

2) There's also an abundance of invertebrates living
on the platform area. The steel is teeming with
creatures like mussels, corals, oysters, crabs, and
shrimps. All that life squeezed onto the steel beams makes
the structure slower to rust, adding to its longevity.

I guess this issue will continue to remain far from
settled. There's pros and cons on both sides to sort out.
Posted by Foxy, Saturday, 27 March 2021 3:31:48 PM
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There's a very simple explanation for structures of any kind being frequented by lots of marine life. Trawlers don't get near them to tear up habitats !
Posted by individual, Saturday, 27 March 2021 5:05:18 PM
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And oil riggers love fish.

And one day oil riggers will be able to marry fish without fear of prejudice.

And they will have little fish-riggers who will hope to grow up to be just like Hasbeen.

What a wonderful world we live in when fish and man can become one.

And we owe it to people like Hasbeen. A man of insight and vision. Just like your local LNP politician, just to mention a few obvious deviants.
Posted by Mr Opinion, Saturday, 27 March 2021 5:33:13 PM
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Dear Hasbeen,

This was indeed one of Trump's signature policies. However the very right wing Republican governor of Florida Rick Stewart managed to get an exemption. And it was granted by Trump, which isn't that extraordinary given Mar a Lago is a coastal resort and needed to be protected from the view of oil rigs. What a corrupt jerk.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2020/09/08/trump-backs-moratorium-offshore-drilling-but-touts-elsewhere/5746926002/
Posted by SteeleRedux, Saturday, 27 March 2021 8:41:02 PM
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Was that really a comet on this topic, or simply a bit of garbage as usual SR?
Posted by Hasbeen, Saturday, 27 March 2021 10:57:32 PM
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