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For Immediate Release
March 15, 2004
VANCOUVER, B.C. - Preparations for the
Artificial Reef are nearly complete, today
announced Canadian Artificial Reef Consulting
Straith. Canadian Artificial Reef
Consulting is providing specialist expertise
to the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth,
England for the Scylla project.
National Marine Aquarium has announced
March 27th will be sinking day and we
look forward to a successful placement,"
said Straith. "The ship is in the
final stages of preparation and is on
schedule for its new mission."
Commissioned in 1970,
HMS Scylla was the last frigate to be
built in Plymouth. After 30 years service
in the Royal Navy, Scylla was purchased
by the National Marine Aquarium and returned
to her homeport of Plymouth to begin her
new duty as an artificial diving reef
- the first of its kind in the UK.
"Scylla will provide
a unique ecosystem for leisure divers
and offer research potential for science
and industry," said Mr. Michael Leece,
Chief Executive of the National Marine
Aquarium. "This is a fantastic opportunity
to watch a fascinating new habitat on
the sea bed off Plymouth develop and provide
homes to a wealth of under sea wildlife."
The National Marine Aquarium
was the first aquarium in the United Kingdom
to be set up solely for the purpose of
education, conservation and research.
It remains Britain's foremost aquarium
and in the four years it has been open
it has attracted over one and half million
visitors through its doors.
Reefing a ship, the process
of recycling an existing vessel and then
placing it in coastal waters is an exacting
process. Canada first developed standards
for the cleaning and placement of such
vessels 15 yeas ago in response to grassroots
scuba divers in British Columbia. Those
standards have since been adopted in Australia,
New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the
Canadian Artificial Reef
Consulting, headquartered in North Vancouver,
British Columbia, is a world leader in
the procurement, preparation and placement
of artificial reefs. Information about
Canadian Artificial Reef Consulting, its
projects and its principals is available
on line at www.artificialreefs.net.
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