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Theophile’s Reef (2023)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Lafitte, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2023-07-07

Duration: 00:06:42

Subjects: Artificial reefs | Conservation | COASTAL RESTORATION | Hurricane Ida, 2021


  • LeBlanc, Karen Host
  • Lecoq, Christopher Photographer
  • Bourgeois, Theophile, IV Interviewee
  • Templet, Ricky Interviewee
  • Trascher, Rad Interviewee
  • Bourgeois, Helen Interviewee


This segment from the July 7, 2023, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Chris Lecoq’s report on Theophile’s Reef, a new artificial reef built in Hackberry Bay in honor of the late Theophile Bourgeois III, a conservationist and the owner of Bourgeois Fishing Charters in Lafitte, Louisiana, who died in a plane crash in 2019. His report also touches on Lafitte’s recovery from Hurricane Ida in 2021. He interviews: Theophile Bourgeois IV, his son and the owner of Bourgeois Fishing Charters; Ricky Templet, Councilman-at-Large in Jefferson Parish; Rad Trascher, CCA Louisiana; and Helen Bourgeois, his mother. Host: Karen LeBlanc