Mote calls for divers to help clean
artificial reefsPublished by news-press.com on July 27,
Divers still have time to register for Mote Marine
Laboratory’s Inaugural Artificial Reef Cleanup and Treasure Hunt set
Participating divers have the chance to win
prizes including fins, snorkels, a regulator, a dive computer and a
buoyancy control device, or BCD.
An awards ceremony and
barbecue will follow.
The cleanup will focus on nine reef
sites in Sarasota Bay ranging from 45 feet deep to 60 feet
The artificial reefs, made up of concrete culverts, old
box cars, bridges, barges, Army tanks and Reef Modules by Reef
Innovations, are designed to increase and enhance recreational
fishing and diving activities.
Before the hunt begins,
organizers will hide small artificial reef balls painted gold and
designated with a number. Divers who find these gold “rocks” will be
awarded prizes after the cleanup ends.
Prizes will also be
awarded for “Most Trash Collected” and “Most Unusual Trash
Register by calling Brett Ramey Blackburn at
(941) 388-4441, ext. 420.
Final registration and captain’s
meeting begins at 8 a.m. Divers and boat captains should meet at the
chickee hut behind Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, 1600 Ken
Cost to participate is $30 through July 29
and $40 the day of the dive. Fee includes a T-shirt and free beach
barbecue sponsored by Smokey’s Barbecue.
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