Delaware Coral is the Ocean's Straphanger

April 10, 2008 03:34 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Fish in the Atlantic are moving in to artificial reefs made of subway cars, sunk there in one of many initiatives around the world to protect ocean life.

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New York’s old subway cars have found new life as “luxury condominiums for fish” off Delaware’s coast. The program hasn’t been without problems, though. As the state successfully creates an artificial reef for sea life, other states are trying to get the subway cars, too. Commercial and private fishermen are also clashing as their lines get tangled on the reef, and fishing pot thefts have been reported.

As natural coral reefs decline around the world, countries are doing what they can to make artificial replacements.

On the blog Malaria, Bedbugs, Sea Lice, and Sunsets, environmentalist Rick MacPherson has a picture of an artificial structure used to create reefs. “As you might surmise given the terrible state of coral reefs these days, artificial reefs are big news and could potentially become big business,” he writes.

Japan is planning a large-scale coral transplant to protect reefs.

Coral reefs are found in shallow water, and global warming, along with human influence, have destroyed approximately 10 percent of them worldwide, according to Texas A&M University.

Headline Links: 'Growing Pains for a Deep Sea Home Built of Subway Cars'

Analysis: Causes of reef destruction

Related Topics: Protection not enough, other artificial reefs

Reference: Natural coral reefs


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