Calif Wreck Divers .... A Double Edged Sword !

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Posted by CalDiver on September 05, 2002 at 23:00:58:

Once Again, I have been diving the Palos Verdes, Santa Monica Bay for the past 30 years. One of the most enjoyable dives has always been the 100 foot barge that was sunk many years ago by the DFG as an artificial reef project. It is sitting upside down in the sand. For 25 years it has been very productive, both as a lobster spot and for the fish that could be found around it. Then some members of the CWD decided that they "needed" to cut a large whole about 6 X 6 in the side of it. Granted, you can now swim into it, but what it has really acomplished is it has speeded the deterioration of the wreck and the new currents created, has almost completely filled in the sand around the base of the barge so that it doesnt attract Lobsters and fish the way it used to. There were no "artifacts" to collect to display for the public, so that argument is null, so why did they need to mess with another dive spot that was not theirs to destroy? I'm waiting for them to "decide" to raise or destroy the "giant anchor" that lies off of Redondo. Or dont they know where that is yet!

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