Navy Divers to Retrieve Tires

Navy Divers to - is affecting the Florida coast I think the recreational-fishing groups should have studied deeper the consequences of placing

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Navy Divers to Retrieve Tires This article talks about a failed 1970's attempt to create an artificial reef. In  1972, recreational-fishing groups dumped almost 2 million Goodyear tires of the  Fort Lauderdale coast. They were trying to make an alternative, man-made reef by  building structures that would attract fish by giving them (the fish) hiding places.  But that did not really work. The connective strip system fell apart and the tires  disconnected from it. Instead, loose tires damaged real reefs, and fish were  generally not attracted to the new, false reef. Now, they cover 36 acres of the ocean  floor. Navy divers will be going down and retrieving those tires. It is good  experience and training for the divers.  The effect of the rubber tires under the sea has had an impact on many  areas. First, globally, it definitely affected the ocean floor. Locally, it affected and 
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Unformatted text preview: is affecting the Florida coast. I think the recreational-fishing groups should have studied deeper the consequences of placing rubber in the ocean, a non-biodegradable and a toxic material, in salt water. For example, how long it would take until the tires and nylon bonds to start falling apart, and how the chemicals in the tires and ties would disturb human, plant, and animal life. They should have spent more time considering structures that would not collapse and destroy the real reef. If they would have spent more time on this then, maybe they would not have to pick-up 36 acres of what is now trash. They must now spend resources, like time, energy, money, and people to clean-up what became an ocean floor “dumping” ground, or just an underwater tire “cemetery”....
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