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2012-06-19 06:23:06

MANAMA, Bahrain, June 19, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After a successful trial run, Bahrain is expanding its Artificial Reef Project, which aims to rebuild the country's marine life with artificial reefs in the sea. The Fisheries and Marine Resources Directorate (FMRD), in conjunction with the Municipalities and Urban Planning Affairs Ministry, is launching phase two of the project, which will deposit artificial reefs near natural reefs at depths of 15 meters. "These structures are...

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....

2008-08-24 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...

2008-07-20 15:00:21

A couple of years after the cinematic demolition of the old Jamestown Bridge, the huge concrete piers that underpinned it have a useful new life on the floor of Rhode Island Sound. They are now arrayed in two artificial reefs in about 70 feet of water off Newport, where they have quickly attracted a lively population of fish and other marine life. "There was an option to landfill it [the bridge]," said Charles St. Martin III, of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation. Thankfully...

2008-06-27 15:02:33

By Scott Harper, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jun. 27--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...

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....

2007-02-28 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...

2007-02-18 12:00:20

By Brian Skoloff Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A mile offshore from this city's high- rise condos and spring-break bars lie as many as 2 million old tires, strewn across the ocean floor -- a white-walled, steel- belted monument to good intentions gone awry. The tires were unloaded there in 1972 to create an artificial reef that could attract a rich variety of marine life, and to free up space in clogged landfills. But decades later, the idea has proved a huge ecological...