Posted by Kendall Raine on October 05, 2006 at 16:48:31:|
In Reply to: Hmmm... posted by Gerry Smith on October 05, 2006 at 14:12:18:
the answer is yes. One was produced for the San Diego Oceans Foundation which studied the Yukon as an artificial reef. Another report addressed the economic benefit of the Yukon. The environmental and economic benefits are real. The environmental cost, provided the wreck has been prepared in conformity with EPA standards-these are explicit-is small. Furthermore, a warship sunk as an articifial reef is no dirtier than one sunk for target practice and probably cleaner, all thinks equal, than sending it to the breakers yard. No one is talking about building ships in order to sink them. The issue is what is the most environmentally friendly way to dispose of ships which exist. There is a mothball fleet rusting away near San Francisco.
As for boring, well, beauty is in the eye, isn't it. Once it's been down fifty years, it's a reef and a pretty one at that. Provided it isn't covered with monofilament and beer cans, that is. As a wreck dive site, they can be great training opportunities for those who want to later dive "real" wrecks. Just looking at the Yukon as an example, on what naturally sunken wreck in SoCal in the same depth can you get the same penetration experience?
Ships to reefs is a concept which has met with great success in Florida, Texas and New Jersey and if, done right, are a legacy to the ocean and other generations to enjoy. California, and Californians, need to get with the program on this issue.
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