Marine debris was identified using side scan sonar in St. Bernard Parish waterways. Debris consists of abandoned marine vessels, discarded equipment and other debris. The presence of such items is largely a consequence of weather events such as tropical, tidal, storms and illegal dumping. In some instances, marine debris may constitute a safety and/or environmental hazard.
St. Bernard Parish Government has worked with the local commercial and recreational fishermen to assist in identifying marine debris target areas. “We are proud to get this much needed debris removal project off the ground for our commercial fishermen, recreational fishermen and business owners along Bayou Yscloskey and Bayou La Loutre,” said Parish President Guy McInnis. “Our fishing community and industry have been and will continue to be a vital part of what makes St. Bernard a national leader in the seafood industry.”
This project is part of the Coastal Department’s Marine Debris Removal Program. This is the first phase of the Bayou Yscloskey and Bayou La Loutre Marine Debris Removal Project which includes the removal of sunken debris and branch trimming from low hanging trees on canals from Alluvial City to the Yscloskey Bridge and from Alluvial City to the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO). This project follows the Violet Canal Debris Removal Project completed in 2017.