Ferry Sunk Off Tobago to Create Artificial Reef

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad --The Maverick, a ferry that ran between Trinidad and Tobago, recently was sunk to create an artificial reef and to give scuba divers a new site to explore.

The sinking was a joint effort of Tidco (the Tourism and Industrial Development Co. of Trinidad and Tobago) and the Tobago Dive Operators Association. The Maverick was sunk in 100 feet of water near the Mount Irvine Bay Hotel on Tobago's southwest coast, making the wreck accessible to divers. The ship lays the foundation for a new reef to support sea life, including resident and migrating fish as well as corals and sponges. Creation of the reef addresses the problem of Tobago's natural reef erosion.

Tidco recorded the sinking on a video to underscore its commitment to the preservation of the reefs and dive-oriented tourism. Tidco plans to use the video to increase awareness of the dive opportunities off Tobago's shores.

For more information on diving in Tobago, agents can call (800) 748-4224.

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