An abandoned oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico has been hosting a vast marine life between its four “legs” in a while now. This platform is located in a federally designated underwater area protected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.
The US Interior Department stipulates that non producing oil platforms have to be removed within a certain period of time, which means many fish and coral will be collaterally damaged.
However, organizations such as the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, are fighting to get offshore platforms recognized as essential fish habitat.
The battle for the conservation is engaged between more than one party and partial removal is being discussed.