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WIN 2017

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30 | www.GuyHarveyMagazine.com Good things are expected for fishermen as Mississippi invests more in its artificial reef program. BY BEN RAINES In the last year, the state of Mississippi added 7,000 tons of rubble to its offshore reef complex, signaling its commitment to the kind of game-changing habitat engineering that has proven so successful in neighboring Alabama. Mississippi's program began in the early 1970s, when five World War II-era Liberty ships were sunk off the state's coastline. The Liberty ship program saw a handful of the rusting vessels, long since retired, sunk off each state and repurposed as artificial reefs. These big steel ships, each about 400 feet long, provided the first significant hard structure off both Mississippi and Alabama, and in the Gulf, hard structure means marine life. Their success at attracting game fish, and fishermen, was instantaneous. B 30 | www.GuyHarveyMagazine.com

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