Why do so many fisherman enjoy Alabama’s Gulf Coast? Well even though the state only has 2% of America’s Gulf coastline, it produces over one-third of the Gulf’s Red Snapper catch, and the reason is primarily the state’s allowance of private artificial reefs. According to ABetterEarth.org, fish congregate around these inexpensive reefs made out of scrap metal and old tires. The fisherman, in turn, take good care of their private little spots, and one company has dropped over 14,000 reefs into Alabama’s Gulf waters. With talk of allowing old oil rigs to also continue providing habitats for fish, it seems like artificial reefs are quite a catch for marine life and anglers alike.

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