Reef balls will be on the move through Town this coming Friday.
One hundred and fifty of the 300 pound under water critter-catchers
will be hauled onto tractor trailers provided by Slegg Lumber and
Ramsay Machinery. They will be unloaded on Beacon Wharf, which will
be partially closed to traffic until Sunday when they will be put
underwater to form an artificial reef.
A barge is being donated by Trincomali Transport and divers from
Advanced Subsea Services and the Canadian Fleet have been organized
by Liquid Heaven Diving Experience.
“We really want to recognize Slegg Lumber and Ramsay Machinery
for their help on this,” said Burt Minter, who with partner Troy
Hawboldt, has been making the reef balls with their new company
Artificial Reef Structures.
The new reefs will form part of the new underwater marine park
which will eventually include two airplanes.
“They’ll help protect the airplanes from the tide and currents,”
said Minter. “When you put a rock under water, you’ll see barnacles
growing on it in six months. With reef balls, you see growth within
weeks and in a few months, they’re covered.”