The Mooring Renovation program has three objectives: one, to create a sustainable bank of funds to replace compromised systems on ARSBC reefs; two, to develop a unified system of equipment throughout the reef fleet; and three, to provide an adequate number of mooring floats for each wreck site. Diver tags will be sold through local dive shops and associations to help support the project.
How much are the diver tags?
Artificial Reef Society tags will be available for sale each year, starting in November, for a cost of $20. The 2016 tag features our newest reef, the former HMCS Annapolis. The tag is made of heavy-duty plastic and can be clipped on with a zap strap.
Is the purchase mandatory?
Annual donations to support the wreck renovation project are entirely voluntary. Participating charter operators and retail stores will be seeking your annual support to help us improve the condition of our wreck dive sites. The annual tag is valid for all of the ARSBC reefs for the calendar year.
How will my donation help?
The Artificial Reef Society and the Dive Industry Association of British Columbia are working together to raise funds to renovate the mooring systems on BC’s artificial reefs. Our work includes installing a Transport Canada approved solid core mooring float, poly steel lines and related diver down equipment. The floats will be marked bow, mid ship, and stern to help divers orient their positions. As funds accrue in the future, non-ARSBC wrecks may also benefit in a similar way from donated funds.
How will the funds be used?
Proceeds to the Shipwreck Mooring Renovation Fund are for the acquisition of materials, equipment, dive services as required, shipping costs, installation, promotions, and program administration costs. As a special feature, each new line installed on our reefs will include a PVC line scraper so divers can clean them of marine debris, which keeps the lines in better condition.
Why do the mooring systems require renovation?
Mooring floats suffer damage from marine wear and tear, weather, and even from occasional vandalism. When diver travel lines become weathered or covered with excess marine growth, their connection points can fail. The Mooring Fund will help address these issues.
Why are funds needed every year?
To be effective, maintenance needs to be routine and ongoing. Donations are needed to periodically replace or upgrade the fleet’s hardware and floats, to add features like safety stop stations, and to fund future projects.
Are the tags different each year?
Each November a new collectable tag – depicting a different ARSBC artificial reef – will be created. The tags will feature a different colour from year to year, and the graphics will include the ship crest and year on one side and the ARSBC logo on the other.
Will information be provided on how the program is doing?
ARSBC will publish notices here on our website and on our Facebook page about current renovation projects and upgrades on our reefs.