September 30, 2001
Re " 'Rigs to Reefs' Plan Stirs Debate," Sept. 23: I am the current president of the San Diego Oceans Foundation. One of our projects, in conjunction with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, is to record what actually goes on in the development of an artificial reef. So far everything we have seen is very, very positive. Our biggest project is Project Yukon (converting a destroyer escort into an artificial reef). It has exceeded all of our expectations, both as an attraction for divers, taking them off natural reefs, and in supplying a place for fish to make a home where there was none.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 1995 |
Four Chevron oil platforms in the Santa Barbara Channel would be dismantled, cleaned and moved to Ventura County waters to create artificial reefs under a proposal to be considered by county supervisors Tuesday. The Ventura County Fish and Game Commission is requesting that the Board of Supervisors endorse a plan to use portions of the oil platforms when they are abandoned next year. Chevron has already received the necessary permits to remove the platforms.
January 19, 1992 |
It is said that the Great Barrier Reef is the only living entity that can be seen with the naked eye from outer space. Stretching in lazy arcs along the Queensland coast of Australia, it is a series of islands, atolls and underwater shoals, of crystal water and spectacular marine life, including one of the largest coral collections in the world. For me it was like a fairy tale remembered from childhood: half fantasy, half real.
April 11, 1993 |
From low-tech rock piles to experimental artificial reefs, East Coast towns trying to preserve their seashores can choose among many beach-protection technologies. Older solutions that "armored" beaches have lost favor to newer, "soft" solutions, while high-tech strategies remain unproven, experts in coastal erosion say.
January 30, 1997 |
After six years of wrangling, Florida officials agreed to protect the fragile coral reefs in the Keys by limiting fishing and diving and keeping big ships miles away. Florida Gov. Lawton Chiles and his cabinet approved a plan barring fishing in 19 critical areas. The plan would also mandate the use of mooring buoys to let boats tie up for diving without causing anchor damage, and the use of channel markers to keep boats away from the coral and fragile sea grass.
May 18, 1989 |
One day before bearing her third child, Kim Chun Hwa made a small concession to maternity. She took a break from her grueling routine of diving in the frigid waters for sea urchin, octopus and abalone. She was back in her wet suit two weeks later, though, leaving her infant daughter at home to join other village women harvesting the fertile seabeds with primitive tools and lung power. That was 13 years ago, not long after the heyday of the henyo , literally the "women of the sea."
January 30, 1985 |
The Coast Guard rescued 72 Haitians from a reef after their 40-foot wooden sailboat ran aground, a spokesmen said Tuesday. U.S. immigration authorities began efforts to determine the fate of the Haitians, whose boat was found awash on a reef in the Bahamas about 150 miles east of Miami.
December 13, 2002 |
A disabled tanker was adrift off Marathon in the Keys near the world's third-longest barrier reef, but the Coast Guard said there was no immediate threat to the fragile coral reef. The double-hull tanker Isarstern had no cargo, but carried 90,000 gallons of fuel and 20,000 gallons of oil. The ship was on its way to Houston from Canada.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 1998
The Los Angeles City Council approved the first artificial surfing reef in the nation Friday, a joint partnership with the Chevron Corp., which severely damaged the surf when it built a jetty there in the 1980s. The California Coastal Commission approved the Chevron-funded reef in October and needed formal approval from the city since the waters of Dockweiler State Beach fall under the jurisdiction of the city's Department of Recreation and Parks.
July 4, 2002 |
An oil tanker ran aground in stormy seas on a reef near Fiji's popular tourist islands, threatening an ecological disaster if the cargo leaks, the South Pacific nation's navy said Wednesday. A salvage attempt was underway to refloat the Papua New Guinea-registered Great Theresa, which ran onto the reef several hours after it left Fiji's main port of Nadi, Navy Operations Officer Waisale Korowisa said. So far the tanker's cargo, the size of which was unknown, had not leaked, Korowisa said.