What's at Stake
The ecosystems found on oil and gas platforms are unique microcosms of life. Found offshore, in a blue ocean setting, these structures offer shelter to passing seal lions and dolphins, a nursery ground for threatened species of rockfish and a permanent residence to electric pink anemones and scallops the size of tennis balls. Each beam and column provides a habitat for life, and completely removing just one of these structures would result in the death of an ecosystem, home to hundreds of species and thousands of individuals.
Our research is a comprehensive study of the ecological, socio-economic, and advocacy issues surrounding the Rigs-to-Reefs program. Through our fiscal sponsorship with Dr. Sylvia Earle's non-profit organization, Mission Blue, we engage key players to find sustainable and long-term solutions for these unique ecosystems thriving below the controversial oil and gas platforms.By interpreting the essential principles and fundamental concepts of the Rigs-to-Reefs program, we strive to help the public make informed and responsible decisions regarding the ocean and its resources.
Blue Latitudes is on a mission to research, develop and implement an international protocol for the Rigs-to-Reefs decommissioning option. We unite science, communication and design to solve complex ecological challenges associated with re-purposing offshore oil and gas platforms as reefs.
Why Should We Care
The ecosystems found on California's oil and gas platforms have much to offer not only to native species but also to local fisheries, recreational divers and to the overall health of the ocean. Further, these platforms offer a unique environmental benefit, not usually associated with the production and development of oil and gas. A benefit that stands to profit from the existence of the oil rig and its future decommissioning through the Rigs-to-Reefs program.