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Saturday, December 5, 2009

Maui, We Have A Problem. A Big, Big Problem

In an attempt to create an artificial reef off of South Maui, an estimated +100,000 lbs of concrete blocks were dropped into the water.   This is the first video (turned in to Hawaii Ecotube) of the results...

4 comments:

Sam said...

Anyone who drops concrete on a reef is a retard!! I've built an artificial reef off Koh Phi Phi and the first rule is to drop and build on SAND!!!!! Then lift into place using lift bags and strops that require people to walk around the blocks to secure the strops and bags!! More damage will be incurred in correcting this which invalidates the construction of a new "reef" anyway!! What a waste of time, money and resources!! ALSO, flat surfaces like this a re very poor as a suitable substrate for coral to grow on!! You need netting and spikes and grooves, or there is nothing for the coral to embed into!!
All round a terrible job with more destruction to come!! IDIOTS!!

Global Reef Solutions said...

Thanks for that posting...it really makes me sick to see all that damage.

JC said...

There are so many better ways of creating artificial reefs then what I have just watched on this video. I absolutely agree with you Sam and couldn't be more disappointing in the results of this attempt to help.

Bill said...

Do we know who approved this and why?
Was there any attempt to engage locals who have some knowledge?