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Artificial Reefs

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Lauren McDonald

on 9 June 2015

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Artificial Reefs
by Lauren McDonald
Along the Southern California coastline, many submerged ships, due to shipwrecks, inhabit vast ecosystems. For most of the fish that can be caught at these reefs are year round.
Diving is a popular tourist attraction, as well, that generates lots of revenue for the state.
South Carolina is an example of a state with successful artificial reefs. The reef benefits fishermen by creating a large variety of fish in one area, as well as divers and tourist attractions. These reefs generate nearly 20 million dollars to the state each year.
Also, materials used to make the reefs such as concrete pipe, concrete pilings, steel highway bridges and other materials used that have no other use once replaced, are now recycled and money is being saved by reycling them instead of putting them into land fills.
What is an artificial reef?
What are they made of?
Articifial reefs are typically made from limestone, steel, and concrete (which are environmentally safe).
Why should we have them?
Can cause economic benefit for commercial and recreational fisherman, divers, and snorkelers because they attract fish to a known location. This brings money to the dive shops and can encourage growth.
If the reef brings in lots of revenue from human users for the reef activities, than the economic benefit would increase.
An artificial reef is a human-made underwater structure, made to promote marine life, control erosion, and can benefit the economy.
Artificial reefs have an economic benefit for not only, the diving shops, fishermen, tourist attractions, etc, but the state, as well. These reefs provide fishing opportunities year-round, as well as creating a popular attraction to tourists and divers.
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