Why It Matters: Healthy habitats can support an abundance of species and contribute to an ecosystem’s resilience to changing environmental conditions. In some cases, manmade, artificial habitats can enhance species carrying capacities beyond natural habitats. Numerous studies coupled with angler observations and experience, serve as testimonies to the ability of artificial structures, especially aging oil and gas infrastructure, to enhance biodiversity in our offshore marine environments. Artificial habitats can, and should be, embraced as important tools for enhancing biodiversity both nationally and globally.
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