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)