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Islands Trust asks province to stop sinking of warship

August 14, 2012
www.coastreporter.net

The Islands Trust has once again asked Environment Minister Mary Polak to intervene in the proposed sinking of the decommissioned warship HMCS Annapolis in Halkett Bay.

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The Mexican Ship Uribe 121 to be Exploded and Sunk in Rosarito

February 1, 2012
www.bajatimes.com

The date has not been set, but the ship, Uribe 121, still in Colima, will be towed to Ensenada. Once there, it will be cleaned, the paint will be removed, holes for divers to swim through will be created, and all dangerous poles and other objects will be removed, so that the ship becomes ‘environmentally sound’ and safe.

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Runway work lends itself to reef project

October 13, 2012
www.carolinacoastonline.com

It’s not every day that flying and sinking work so well together. But a runway extension project underway at Beaufort’s Michael J. Smith Field will soon benefit marine life off the state’s coast.

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Maritime Administration ahead of schedule in scrapping Suisun Bay mothball fleet

October 12, 2012
www.contracostatimes.com

Aged and crumbling ships may be leaving the Suisun Bay "mothball" Reserve Fleet at a steady pace, but some of their value is being left behind. Vallejo's California Maritime Academy, one of six state maritime schools nationwide, soon will see a nearly $400,000 funding influx, proceeds from the sale of the obsolete vessels. The new funding, $2.2 million overall, is due to a federal mandate requiring federal reinvestment into maritime schools

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Feds budge on gulf reef issue

October 10, 2012
www.caller.com

After more than two years of negotiations with Texas, the feds have granted approval for two massive gulf reefing zones offshore of the Coastal Bend.

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Power Poles To Become Artificial Reefs Off St. Lucie County

October 10, 2012
tcpalm.com

One hundred thirty concrete power poles that helped bring electricity to homes and businesses soon will provide a habitat for fish and other sealife.

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Barnegat Bay Near Good Luck Point To Become Home To Artificial Reef

October 9, 2012
berkeley-nj.patch.com

A barge carrying tens of thousands of clam shells was located just south of Atlantic City last night, on its way to off Good Luck Point in Barnegat Bay. Its final destination will be a one-acre site in the central portion of the bay that scientists have identified as a historic site for oyster growth.

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Donors lay artificial reef domes in Sarangani Bay

October 2, 2012
www.pia.gov.ph

Several organizations and volunteers partnered with the Sarangani provincial government for the deployment of artificial reef domes in Barangay Tinoto here in celebration of the International Coastal Cleanup month.

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Ancient Mariner reef gets addition of sculpture to honor local diving pioneer

September 29, 2012
www.kiiitv.com

One of Broward County’s popular scuba diving sites — the Ancient Mariner artificial reef — just got a little more interesting. The 70-foot deep shipwreck off Deerfield Beach now is decorated with a large, colorful steel sculpture of a coral reef.

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City Council Give Go-Ahead to Build Artificial Reef in Gulf

September 25, 2012
www.kiiitv.com

City Council members took action at City Hall on Tuesday that could result in improved conditions for sport fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. It is a fact that dormant oil and gas rigs offshore can be turned into artificial reefs and be used to attract tens of thousands of fish, and now, using that same principle, the State and City are teaming up to create a different kind of artificial reef off Padre Island.

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Devonport frigate could be sunk as reef for diving

September 15, 2012
www.thisiscornwall.co.uk

The prospect of a once Devonport-based Type 22 frigate being deployed as a dive wreck has emerged after campaigners missed out on securing the former Navy flagship, HMS Ark Royal. Earlier this week, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced it was selling the iconic vessel to a Turkish scrap metal firm in a £3 million deal.

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Offshore floating platform, artificial reefs mooted to tap fish wealth

September 13, 2012
www.thehindu.com

At a time when there are discussions galore about Emerging Kerala meet and promoting grassroots-level development, why is there no talk about launching such schemes focusing on the coastline of the State and the fisherfolk, asks Robert Panipilla, a researcher in traditional fishing and coastal issues.

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Sale of HMS Ark Royal for scrap kills Torbay diving reef plan

September 12, 2012
www.thisiscornwall.co.uk

A bid to buy the Royal Navy's flagship HMS Ark Royal to create a diving reef off the Westcountry coast has been scuppered with the vessel destined to be sold on as scrap metal for £3 million. The Wreck the World team were hoping to sink the aircraft carrier in Tor Bay, off the South Devon coast, to create what would have been the UK's largest artificial reef.

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Artificial reef planned in style of Stonehenge

September 12, 2012
www.miamiherald.com

Miami-Dade County’s collection of artificial reefs includes sunken ships, Army tanks, pieces of a passenger jet, radio towers and a cemetery modeled after the mythical Lost City of Atlantis. In the next year or so, Stonehenge may be added.

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Task force: New reefs off Collier coast could bring in $35 million annually

September 7, 2012
www.naplesnews.com

Flipping through an issue of Coastal Angler magazine, Naples attorney Peter Flood had an idea. He was reading an article about artificial reefs and how they can bring in major tourism dollars after a one-time upfront cost. Flood thought: Why can't we do that here?

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EGAT donates electric cups to navy for use as artificial reef

August 31, 2012
www.pattayamail.com

The Electrical Generating Authority of Thailand has donated 2,400 electric caps to the Royal Thai Navy to use to construct undersea artificial reefs.

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New pseudo reef sunk at Jebel Ali

August 30, 2012
gulfnews.com

Threatened marine life in UAE waters will benefit from a new artificial reef installed yesterday near a seawall off the port of Jebel Ali, said project overseers Atlantis, The Palm.

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Record-breaking horseshoe crab sinks off Monmouth County coast

August 30, 2012
www.nj.com

A 50-foot long, 113,000-pound Atlantic horseshoe crab sank off the coast of Monmouth County on Thursday morning – and people cheered.

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JCI launches artificial reef project in IGACOS

August 23, 2012
www.silobreaker.com

An artificial coral reef which features simple block construction materials will be implemented by Junior Chamber International in Barangay Camudmud, the Island Garden City of Samal.

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Frigates earmarked for Tor Bay sinking as rival bid for largest artificial reef emerges

August 20, 2012
www.thisisdevon.co.uk

Two potential sites have been found for what would be the UK’s largest artificial reef. The team behind the bid to bring HMS Ark Royal to Tor Bay to sink her to create a diving reef are now cracking on with similar proposals to secure a de-comissioned Type-22 frigate.

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Artificial reef and wharf proposal for Coffs

August 20, 2012
www.abc.net.au

A Coffs Harbour environment group wants a wharf and an artificial reef built as part of harbour break-wall maintenance. The Lands Department says it will consider the proposals as part of an options study for the foreshore.

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Bay County to Deploy Artificial Reefs

August 7, 2012
www.wtvy.com

The Bay County Commission’s Planning and Zoning Department will deploy Bay County’s newest artificial reefs Wednesday. The $60,000 reef project is funded by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission – Marine Fisheries Artificial Reef Program and is the result of collaboration between Bay County, FWC and the University of Florida Sea Grant.

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New reef under way in Riviera Beach

August 4, 2012
articles.sun-sentinel.com

Right now, this city's marquee dive attraction is a shopping cart reef. Granted, the sea life at Phil Foster Park, around an Intracoastal island under East Blue Heron Boulevard, is diverse and well-known among divers, a product of the nearby Gulfstream.

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Save The Philippine Coral Reefs

August 3, 2012
savethephilippinecoralreefs.wordpress.com

As thousands of children build sand castles on Eastern Shore beaches this summer, thousands of other youngsters are gathering, unseen, on a unique kind of underwater castle.

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State delays horseshoe crab sculpture sinking for two weeks

July 29, 2012
www.nwfdailynews.com

Anglers and divers will soon have a new honey hole to visit. An artificial reef, dubbed the Aquatic Life Ecosystem, is scheduled to be sunk in federal water in the Gulf of Mexico this week.

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State delays horseshoe crab sculpture sinking for two weeks

July 26, 2012
www.app.com

Artist Chris Wojcik and his Art as Reef team will have to wait at least another two weeks before they can see their 47-foot, life-like horseshoe crab sculpture reach its final destination, the Axel Carlson Reef.

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Artificial Reef Project Moves Forward Despite Controversy

July 26, 2012
www.independent.com

Roughly five weeks ago, with the hope of jump-starting a plan to install a fish ​— ​and fishermen ​— ​friendly artificial reef offshore of Santa Barbara, Chris Goldblatt and some colleagues dropped two 1,300-pound hollow concrete igloos into the ocean offshore of Hendry’s Beach.

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St. Tammany resident “recycles” for honor at Stennis

July 25, 2012
www.thesttammanynews.com

Bryon Maynard, a Stennis Space Center engineer living in Lacombe, recently received a prestigious 2012 Blue Marble Award for environmental excellence from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Environmental Management Division.

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Artificial reef could be sunk by Easter

July 24, 2012
www.thisissouthdevon.co.uk

THE UK's largest artificial reef could be sunk in Tor Bay waters by next Easter. The team bidding to secure Ark Royal as the world's second-largest artificial reef is also bidding for a smaller frigate to sink within the Bay.

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47-foot Horseshoe Crab Sculpture Slated for Deployment on Axel Carlson Reef July 25, 2012

July 18, 2012
www.njfishandwildlife.com

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife has announced that the deployment of a 47-foot sculpture of a horseshoe crab constructed from concrete will occur soon on the Axel Carlson Reef. The sculpture is being deployed as part of the Division's Artificial Reef Program.

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Some residents want old Matlacha bridge as artifical reef

July 9, 2012
www.fox4now.com

The Matlacha Bridge is know as the most fishingest bridge in the world but it will be torn down and scrapped. A new one is almost ready to take its place. Business owner Rod Mazzoli wants the scrap from the old bridge to become an artificial reef.

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USS Mohawk becomes artificial reef

July 1, 2012
www.abc-7.com

The World War II ship the USS Mohawk was scuttled 28 miles off the coast of Sanibel Island early Monday afternoon. It is now an artificial reef for divers and anglers and is a veterans memorial.

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Ed Killer: Indian River County to rekindle artificial reef efforts

June 30, 2012
www.tcpalm.com

Indian River County, along with several key partners, has once again begun to focus efforts on the creation of artificial reefs. Using concrete and steel materials donated from bridge refit projects, railroad ties, power poles and culvert pipes, county coastal engineers plan to increase the volume of oceanic habitat for marine life.

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Artificial Reef Construction to Begin at Phil Foster Park – Blue Heron Bridge- Diving Still Open

June 30, 2012
www.floridadiveconnection.com

The County of Palm Beach recognizes the importance of SCUBA Diving in their local economy and has implemented programs to promote the area in the diving world through positive management of resources and an aggressive artificial reef program.

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ISIS engineering division Chalhoub Engineering and Management completes first 'engineered' artificial reef in East Mediterranean

June 21, 2012
www.ameinfo.com

Chalhoub Engineering and Management completed on Sunday June 17, 2012 the first artificial reef in the East Mediterranean off the shore of Abdeh, Tripoli - Lebanon.

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Non-Profit Builds "Reef Balls" to Create More Sea Life

June 18, 2012
www.keyt.com

The non-profit group, Fish Reef Project is building large cement balls to use as artificial reefs. The balls are designed to sit on the sea floor and collectively act as a reef. The group hopes the reefs will attract sea life, including fish and crabs.

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Business, government interests look to bring artificial reef to Alabama coast

June 18, 2012
blog.al.com

When done correctly, a ship at the bottom of the Gulf can still be pretty useful.

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Bahrain to expand artificial reefs drive

June 18, 2012
www.ameinfo.com

A major initiative which aims to save Bahrain's depleting fish stocks by placing artificial reefs into the sea in several areas is being expanded following its initial success.

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DHL Bahrain marks World Environment Day

June 6, 2012
www.ameinfo.com

In line with the company's CSR program GoGreen, more than 45 employees from the Bahrain Hub division of DHL, the world's logistics company, volunteered to commemorate World Environment Day on June 5th by building an artificial reef off the coast of Bahrain.

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Wild weather prompts call for Old Bar protection

June 6, 2012
www.abc.net.au

As damaging seas pound the coast, Old Bar residents continue to push for artificial reefs as the best erosion protection.

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Deer Island reef enhanced by Mississippi Department of Marine Resources project

June 4, 2012
blog.gulflive.com

The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources' (MDMR) Artificial Reef Bureau and Shellfish Bureau have completed an enhancement project on the near shore reef, Deer Island North, which is just north of the eastern end of Deer Island.

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Artificial Reef To Offer a New Adventure for Divers and Snorkelers

May 31, 2012
www.visitperdido.com

Escambia County Marine Resources has announced it is creating a new reef about five nautical miles southeast of Pensacola Pass, just a short drive from Perdido Key. The artificial reef will be composed of materials removed from portions of the Three Mile Bridge Fishing Pier. The old bridge was damaged beyond repair during Hurricane Ivan in 2004 and was later converted into a fishing pier.

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After nearly 20 years, artificial reefs come to Marine Sanctuary

May 24, 2012
www.gulfbreezenews.com

The idea of having artificial reefs placed in a Marine sanctuary off Navarre Beach was the idea of Brenda Stokes in the mid-1990s – and she never stopped fighting to make the dream a reality.

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Coast Guard cutter arrives in Lee County, will become artificial reef

May 16, 2012
www.news-press.com

Lee County’s newest artificial reef was towed past Bowditch Point around 11 a.m. today on its way to the Kelly Brothers Marine Contractors dock on San Carlos Island.

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Reef installation under way

May 15, 2012
navarrepress.com

Installation of artificial reefs began today off the coast of Navarre Beach. A documentary crew from the Weather Channel is also on site taping the installation process.

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Perry, feds at odds over artificial reef program

May 13, 2012
www.statesman.com

Gov. Rick Perry and a coastal congressman are complaining that federal regulations governing offshore oil rigs could jeopardize Texas' artificial reef program and reduce undersea habitats in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Michigan builds artificial reefs to preserve native fish species

May 11, 2012
www.speroforum.com

Responding to the threat posed to the Great Lakes by non-native fish, Big 10 rivals University of Michigan and Michigan State are joining forces to create breeding grounds for native fish such as sturgeon and walleye.

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Foundation to begin new reef construction

May 11, 2012
www.oceancitytoday.net

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure — or another fish’s treasure, as it may be.

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Construction Of New Rock Spawning Reefs Will Help Great Lakes Native Fish

May 9, 2012
detroit.cbslocal.com

The first of nine rock reefs is under construction in the St. Clair River delta northeast of Detroit. The goal of the project, which is led by Michigan Sea Grant, is to boost populations of lake sturgeon and other rare native fish by providing river-bottom rock structures where they can spawn.

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Vale signs MoU with Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries to provide artificial reefs and demarcation buoys in Liwa

May 7, 2012
www.ameinfo.com

Vale is proactively identifying means to sustain fish resources in North Al Batinah Governorate by signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries to provide artificial reefs and demarcation buoys in the Wilayat of Liwa.

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St. Lucie County creates two new artificial reefs

May 4, 2012
www.tcpalm.com

St. Lucie County has two new artificial reefs after deploying more than 2,000 tons of concrete materials. One thousand tons of materials were deployed in 150 feet of water 200 yards north of the Tug Lesley Lee while another 1,000 tons of materials were deployed in roughly 110 feet of water earlier this April.

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Work begins on final phase of Jomtien Beach artificial reef

May 4, 2012
www.pattayamail.com

Work on the final segment of a Jomtien Beach artificial reef got underway April 24 with top Pattaya officials helping to release fish and shrimp into the sea.

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Rincón symposium to highlight artificial reefs

May 1, 2012
www.prdailysun.com

Artificial reefs placed offshore offer a nature-mimicking response to reef destruction and also beach erosion, the most serious environmental problem facing Puerto Rico’s coasts, said organizers of the Eighth International Symposium of Artificial Reefs, to take place in Rincón Feb. 19 to 21.

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Montserrat Continues Artificial Reef Project to Strengthen Marine Ecosystem

May 1, 2012
www.caribjournal.com

Montserrat is into its second phase on a project building artificial reefs. The Montserrat Reef Project, which was initiated by Scuba Montserrat’s Andrew Myers and Emmy Aston, aims to strengthen the island’s marine ecosystem.

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PHUKET BUSINESS: Artificial reefs key to mass tourism dive industry

April 27, 2012
www.phuketgazette.net

In the tourism game creating memories is everything, explains the Head of Development at Reef Worlds, Dave Taylor.

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WINDALCO signs agreement to fund artificial reef project

April 21, 2012
go-jamaica.com

The West Indies Alumina Company has signed an agreement with the Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation to fund an artificial reef project at the Three Bays Fish Sanctuary in the Portland Bight Protected Area.

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Lee Point artificial reef plan set in concrete

April 18, 2012
www.abc.net.au

More than 50 tonnes of concrete pipes and culverts are being sunk in the Timor Sea to form an artificial reef off Darwin.

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Prawn revenge: old trawler, new reef

April 17, 2012
www.ntnews.com.au

An old arch enemy to wily sea creatures will become a sanctuary for them once she's blown up and sunk to her watery grave.

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Venezuela’s Environment Ministry Developing Artificial Reefs

April 16, 2012
venezuela-us.org

In order to foster marine life in Venezuela, the Ministry of People’s Power for the Environment is developing plans to sink vessels that will act as artificial reefs.

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San Onofre artificial reef not meeting state standards

April 10, 2012
www.ocregister.com

For the third year in a row, a 156-acre artificial reef built in 2008 to help offset environmental impacts on marine life from San Onofre's undersea intake pipes is not meeting state performance standards.

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Final segments of artificial reef to be laid in Jomtien Beach

March 30, 2012
www.pattayamail.com

Concrete pipes lying on Jomtien Beach will soon be home to fish and other sea life when they are dropped into the ocean a kilometer off shore as part of the ongoing Fish Home project.

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Top Florida regulator endorses more artificial reefs off Jacksonville coast

March 29, 2012
jacksonville.com

A proposal to add more artificial reefs just off the coast of Jacksonville gained more support and momentum from a top state regulator Wednesday.

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Plan to make Lake artificial reefs permanent

March 29, 2012
www.theherald.com.au

The state government has proposed making artificial reefs off Galgabba Point, Swansea, a permanent fixture. Six reefs, each separated by 350 metres, have 100 reef balls each.

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Artificial Reef Project to be launched Tuesday

March 27, 2012
ibnlive.in.com

Decreasing fish resources in the Kerala waters have prompted an ‘artificial’ solution. On Tuesday morning, the Kerala State Coastal Area Development Corporation Ltd (KSCADC) will launch a project to establish artificial reefs off the Thiruvananthapuram coast.

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Ship's new life as artificial reef

March 26, 2012
www.nst.com.my

A decommissioned 48-year-old patrol vessel owned by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) -- will embark on a new role on the Pulau Tioman seabed here starting Wednesday.

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Reefs created in Sydney dredging project

March 23, 2012
www.cbc.ca

The dredging of Sydney Harbour is another step closer to completion. Eight artificial reefs were created around the harbour in the last few months. The reefs are designed to replace the natural habitat destroyed by the dredging.

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Group uses high technology to reach new depths

March 18, 2012
harteresearchinstitute.org

HRI’s Fisheries and Ocean Health group led by Dr. Greg Stunz recently started a two-year project to monitor Texas artificial reefs.

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EPA Guide On PCB Ship Waste May Not Quell Concerns On MARAD Policy

March 16, 2012
harteresearchinstitute.org

EPA is crafting guidance to advise ship owners on how to comply with its rules governing polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) before exporting ships for scrapping but the guide may not quell concerns that a 2011 Maritime Administration (MARAD) policy allowing owners to self-certify removal of PCBs circumvents EPA's toxics law authority.

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More artificial reefs closer to Jacksonville gets traction on Waterways board

March 16, 2012
jacksonville.com

The prospect of adding more artificial reefs in waters near Jacksonville has some shrimpers concerned it could snag their nets.

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Can Hollywood Save the Oceans Natural Reef Systems?

March 12, 2012
tech.rambergmedia.com

That’s the question a group of Los Angeles film set designers, divers, and marine biologists asked prior to creating a revolutionary underwater tourism company – Reef Worlds.

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Nerja plans to create artificial reef off coast

February 28, 2012
www.euroweeklynews.com

NERJA Town Hall will discuss the possibility of sinking two wooden ships to the seabed off the local coast to create an artificial reef to encourage underwater flora and fauna.

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A new artificial reef is coming to Okaloosa County waters this summer.

February 22, 2012
www.weartv.com

People who make their living on the gulf told Channel Three's Laura Hussey why the reefs are so important.

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Plans approved for artificial reef off Navarre Beach

February 22, 2012
blog.al.com

Navarre Beach is finally getting the artificial reef some local residents have been seeking since 1995.

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Horizon Charters San Diego Wins Defense Verdict in Lawsuit

February 21, 2012
www.divenewswire.com

Southern California charter company, Horizon Charters and its dive master Martin Graf have successfully defended a scuba diving death lawsuit in San Diego.

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Artificial reef off Cape Canaveral could soon grow

February 21, 2012
www.floridatoday.com

Divers and fishermen could within a year get more hulls, culverts and boulders — maybe even segments of military rocket launch towers — to lure big grouper and other fish to an artificial reef about 17 miles offshore of Cape Canaveral.

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Artificial reef planned for waters off Lee Point

February 21, 2012
www.abc.net.au

Catching a fish may become a lot easier for people in the Top End, with the Northern Territory government planning to sink more than 100 tonnes of concrete pipes and culverts to the bottom of the ocean.

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Inshore reefs next for city artificial reef program

February 16, 2012
www.jaxdailyrecord.com

The City’s Waterways Commission was updated on the progress of the City’s Artificial Reef program Wednesday and learned of efforts to develop in-shore reefs.

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WWII ship to be artificial reef off FMB

February 14, 2012
www.nbc-2.com

A World War II ship will soon be 100 feet below the Gulf near Fort Myers Beach.

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Alang shipbreaking yard set for makeover

February 13, 2012
ibnlive.in.com

The Gujarat government plans to transform the Alang shipbreaking yard into an international-level ship recycling yard by making it safer and eco-friendly in collaboration with the Japan government.

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