Latest Artificial reefs Stories

Key Largo Artificial Reef Blossoms After 10 Years
2012-05-17 12:22:17

The Spiegel Grove, a 510-foot former US Navy Landing Ship, 10 years ago became the third largest ship in the world ever scuttled to become an artificial reef and the results have been more positive than originally planned. The Spiegel Grove has welcomed trained divers off Key Largo since 2002, when the local community rallied to scuttle the retired ship and become the backbone of a new reef ecosystem six miles offshore. Its journey to the bottom at a depth of 130 feet is as intriguing as...

2009-10-21 06:00:00

VENICE BEACH, Calif. and RAGLAN, New Zealand, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Amalgamate Solutions and Research (ASR), the world leader in the design and construction of multi-purpose artificial reefs, announced today that it has completed Europe's first multi-purpose reef on the Boscombe shoreline, just outside of southern England's coastal town of Bournemouth. The reef was engineered and constructed by ASR, who spearheads the movement towards environmentally sensitive coastal protection....

2008-10-10 09:00:30

By Associated Press SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- The Cayman Islands announced plans to scuttle a decommissioned U.S. Navy ship to create an underwater attraction for scuba divers and snorkelers. Ownership of the USS Kittiwake, a 2,290-ton submarine rescue ship, will be transferred from the U.S. Maritime Administration to the Cayman Islands government this fall, project manager Nancy Easterbrook said. Toxic materials must first be removed by contractors from the vessel built in 1945,...

2008-09-29 21:00:18

By Kristin S. Agostoni An artificial reef that was supposed to help bring surfable waves back to Dockweiler Beach is slated for removal within the coming weeks, ending an experiment that began more than a decade ago. The environmental group that constructed the V-shaped reef with 200 massive sandbags will start preparation Tuesday to pull the heavy sacks from the water, a spokesman said. Despite hopes that the country's first artificial surfing reef would generate waves in a...

2008-08-24 00:00:20

By Keith Elliott Fishing Lines Underground rail carriages are not the first thing that springs to mind when listing 10 Objects Doing Most for the Environment. But in America, they play a key part in repopulating the sea. New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority faced a problem when they upgraded their rolling stock - what to do with 1,662 old carriages? Who would want a giant, graffiti-strewn tin can? There was no demand for the parts. The metal was worth little (the steel is...

2008-06-27 09:02:35

By SCOTT HARPER By Scott Harper The Virginian-Pilot CHINCOTEAGUE They carried commuters across New York City for 40 years, but in less than two hours Thursday, 44 subway cars from the Big Apple were sunk off the Virginia coast, becoming part of a large artificial fishing reef. About six miles off Chincoteague on the Eastern Shore, a specially rigged crane dropped the 16-ton cars, one by one, off a barge and into about 65 feet of water. The impact each time created a loud smack and...

2007-12-27 09:10:55

Artificial reefs made of everything from oil rigs to subway cars to concrete rubble are sunk these days to the ocean floor to provide homes for marine life. But are they actually helpful? Although such reefs have at times done more harm than good, scientists explained artificial reefs are getting better and better. The deliberate creation of artificial reefs goes back to at least the 17th century in Japan, where fisherman built reefs with oyster shells to attract fish....

2007-06-14 18:30:00

By BRIAN SKOLOFF FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Just below the sea's surface off Florida's southeast coast lies a virtual gold mine. It's not sunken treasure or some Spanish galleon but instead nature's bounty, rows of coral reefs that generate billions of dollars a year in tourism spending. But pollution, warming waters from climate change, commercial fishing, development and ship groundings are putting that at risk. There have been 12 major ship groundings on reefs outside Port Everglades, just...

2007-02-28 09:55:00

By Mike Keller FEDERAL WATERS SOUTH OF HORN ISLAND -- Sixty concrete-and-limestone pyramids were set on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday to replace artificial reefs damaged or destroyed by Katrina. Marine-resources managers hope reef fish will call the new structures home. A barge sank the pyramids in three designated fish habitats 10 miles south of Horn Island. "We lost 80 to 90 percent of artificial-reef habitat during the hurricane," said Department of Marine Resources program...

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