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This Offshore Spill Is Good for Marine Life

January 09, 1998|JULIO V. CANO

A fishing conservation group dumped nearly 1,500 concrete poles off the coast this week in a continuing effort to revitalize marine life of the Bolsa Chica artificial reef.

The United Anglers of Southern California took a barge four miles off Huntington Beach and dropped the hollow poles in waters about 90 feet deep. In recent months, about 6,000 poles have been dumped in the ocean, said Jim Paulk, a spokesman for the organization.

The reef, which covers about 220 acres, is considered the largest man-made reef on the West Coast; it provides a breeding place for several species of fish and creates fishing and diving opportunities.

The poles were donated by Southern California Edison; Manson Construction of Long Beach donated use of the barge.

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