An endeavor to conserve Florida coral is destroying the reef instead. It seems that, they didn’t reflect on what ocean water does to steel. The Failed Florida Reef Project has been polluting the area and hasn’t been a nice view for the local residents.
Diver Thomas Pennypacker is on a recovery quest off the shoreline of Ft. Lauderdale, salvaging some Florida’s natural coral reef. An enormous 35-acre graveyard of worn-out auto tires.
It began with the intention to eliminate tires blocking up trash dumps way back in 1970. As much as 2 million tires, packed by metal clips, were dropped to generate an artificial reef. The desire was that they might lead to coral growth and entice fish, all beneficial to the natural environment.
Great idea — actually bad result. The clips rusted away, the auto tires shattered.
Stormy weather and regular ocean currents forever keep the car tires in motion, pulling across and damaging the delicate living reef close by, claimed Alex Delgado the dive consultant.
The auto tires have spread around as well, straight so far as the seashores of Fort Lauderdale.
Enclosed by an obviously infinite heap of auto tires, Pennypacker got them onto lines to be taken up by a crane until he and his company bring as much as 600 on a good day. It is a race against time.
Pat Quinn, a resources expert for Broward County, claimed if they don’t depart from there, the tires will stay on permanently.
To date Florida state financing will get the number of retrieved tires to around 160,000, inadequate, specialists claim, to preserve a reef over 7,000 years old.