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700,000 tires destroys South Florida reef system!!!

Discussion in 'Good Causes, Petitions and Solicitations' started by buck3647, Mar 27, 2014.

  1. buck3647

    buck3647 Dive Travel Professional

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    This will be the headlines one day when the next tidal surge deposits the 700,000 tires just off shore from Ft Lauderdale.
    Out of sight out of mind is what the politicians have decided is OK with this dangerous situation. How many of you know about this?

    Florida is seeking suggestions from the public on how to revive the reef system but is unwilling to create a no fish zone or a moritorium realistically the only way to revive the reefs as proven on other Islands.

    When was the last time you saw a school of barracuda?
     
  2. Steve_C

    Steve_C Divemaster

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    Not to disagree with your main emphasis which I am sympathetic with, but it was the last time I dove in Florida.
     
  3. nimoh

    nimoh Public Safety Diver

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    Ironically, they were put there in an effort to create a reef and promote marine life :)

    I think there was an initiative a few years ago for military divers to try and recover most of the tires, but not sure if that ever happened.
     
  4. knotical

    knotical perpetual student

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  5. Pavao

    Pavao Manta Ray

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    The back side of Hillsboro ledge is one of the most depressing sites I've ever seen. Very close by is Angel's reef, one of the most lively pieces of reef around, quite a few tires has found it's way there from storms over the years.
    It was a pretty stupid idea to dump all those tires to promote coral growth, I guess they didn't know any better back then.

    ---------- Post added March 27th, 2014 at 02:21 PM ----------

    As for the schools of barracudas, many will put it in the commercial fisherman's tab
     

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