Baja California begins construction of state’s first artificial reef

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    Baja California just started its first artificial reef about 30 miles south of the border, off the coast near Rosarito, with the sinking of TheMexican, 220-foot patrol boat, the Uribesunk in 90 feet of water off the coast of Rosarito Beach on Nov. 21, 2015 was

    TheUribe 121sinking is the first step toward creating a large Rosarito Marine Park, with underwater sculptures and a ship graveyard that will include three more vessels, officials said.

    The sunken Ship is meant tolure touriststo the Rosarito area during off-peak seasons, from fall through spring, when conditions for Baja California scuba diving are best because of clear visibility and warmer water.

    “We want tourism sites of high cultural and economic value, to benefit our residents,” said Baja California Governor Francisco Vega, who was at the sinking event on Saturday alongside other Mexican officials.

    The ship now sits in the Pacific Ocean, about 90 feet deep. In the coming months, a natural marine habitat will form in and around it, a new dwelling for plankton, algae, fish, other crevice-seeking sea creatures and their predators.
     
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    Great idea would like to get something like that in Baja Sur. Gary do you have any contacts on how they did this like where and how they got permits. bob
     
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    It appears that it was done by the Mexican Government
     
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    Always amazed at how fast these ships sink when they're turned into reefs like that
     
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    I thought it was very cool how they shot the video from the inside.
     
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