In Louisiana, we don’t have many beaches. And the ones we do, well…..they’re a little different. Some might say that our beaches aren’t as pretty as the white sand beaches in Florida, and our water isn’t that crystal clear blue-green that you’ll see in some other locations. But everyone has their own definition of beauty right?
What we do have – that others don’t, is a rich coastal estuary. Grand Isle happens to be one of our primary defenses (a “barrier island”) of that coastal wetland estuary that is the breeding ground of an incredible amount of life that forms the foundation for sea life in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Mississippi River
It all starts with the largest river in North America, and the 15th largest river in the world by volume  – The Mississippi River. The mighty Mississippi is the reason for all of this brown water and muddy sand along our coast. It drains much of North America, carrying sediment and nutrients downstream into the Gulf of Mexico. Those nutrients feed bacteria and plankton, which in turn feeds larger sea life.
Louisiana wetlands create a shallow water breeding ground for many of the fish local to the Gulf of Mexico area. Fish like speckled trout, redfish, sheepshead, drum, mullet, catfish, bass and many more – all spawn in or near these salt and brackish marshes.
Offshore Oil Platforms
It’s vital to realize that the breeding grounds don’t stop at our barrier islands. The Mississippi River plays an important role in our offshore fishing, as do the many offshore oil and gas platforms that are plentiful along our coast. The platforms form very unique vertical reef structures that extend to harbor life from all levels of the water column. Unlike most natural reefs, an oil platform provides habitat that extends from top to bottom, housing shallow and deepwater life. The Mississippi River adds the fuel to this setup by feeding the microorganisms that inhabit these platforms and form the basis of our food chain.
Louisiana also has a very steep drop-off near the mouth of the river. This proximity to deep gulf water allows pelagic fish species like tuna, swordfish, sailfish, wahoo, and more to access this habitat, creating a setup that is unrivaled anywhere else in the world.
At AerialGator Drone Photography, we appreciate the unique nature of our Louisiana coast, and we want to share it with the world. Thanks for taking the time to read about it.
 Wikipedia – List of Rivers by Discharge https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_rivers_by_discharge