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Artificial Reefs

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Artificial Reefs

Beitragvon stefan » Sa Sep 13, 2003 12:47

Artificial Reefs

Since 1980, the Mauritius Marine Conservation Society (M.M.C.S) has sunk a total of 10 ships for the purpose of creating artificial reefs around the coast line. It can take a long time, from 10 years to a century, for the sunken ship to be completely covered by corals and algae. But within weeks of the ship being sunk, small juvenile fishes take refuge inside it. Within a period of five years, soft corals and algae develop on the ship, eventually the small fish attract the larger ones and from then on it can be said that an artificial reef has been created.

The ships sunk by the M.M.C.S. since 1980

Name of Ship... Date Sunk... Location...... Depth Sunk
Water Lily..... 1980...... Trou Aux Biches... 24
Emily ............1981...... Trou Aux Biches... 24
Tug II........... 1981...... Flic En Flac.......... 20
St Gabriel..... 1987...... Flic En Flac.......... 38
Kei Sei 113... 1987...... Flic En Flac.......... 36
Stella Maru ...1987 ......Trou Aux Biches.. 22
Carp............ 1989...... Le Morne............ 71
Silver Star.... 1991...... Grand Baie......... 39
Orient ..........1992...... Wolmar.............. 37
Hassen Mia ...1996...... Balaclava........... 20

Source: Le Week End 8th September 1996

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