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Cdca press release 201213

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  • 1. CYPRUS DIVE CENTRE ASSOCIATION (Under the Auspices of the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce & Industry) PRESS RELEASE Nicosia 20 December 2013 CYPRUS – DIVE DESTINATION CREATION OF MARINE PRESERVATION AREAS – ARTIFICIAL REEFS The Cyprus Dive Centre Association (CDCA), operating under the auspices of the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce & Industry and in cooperation with the provinces of Famagusta, Limassol and Paphos, has within the parameters of an island wide strategy for the creation of Artificial Reefs, contributed to this end by selecting suitable vessels to be sunk in Marine Protected Areas. The CDCA, in consultation with the Department of Fisheries and Marine Research (DFMR) and funded by the Cyprus Tourism Organization (CTO), coordinated the purchase of 4 suitable vessels namely the “Laboe” and the “Nemesis III”. A third vessel, the “Lady Thetis” was purchased by the CDCA and co-financed by the CTO and other bodies. The fourth vessel Constantis was co-financed by CTO, the municipalities and the Cyprus Dive Center Association. The deployment of the first ship Nemesis III was successfully performed in Protaras Friday 20th, 2013 by the contracting company Semesco Ltd. The event was spectacular and attracted a large crowd and diving funs. The funding for the cleaning and preparation of the four vessels is co-financed by the European Fisheries Fund 2008-2013 and by the Republic of Cyprus. The CDCA as well as all other stakeholders strongly support this effort and actively promote the creation of artificial reefs in a manner consistent with the strategy of the Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment. The objective and the strategy are to implement a comprehensive integrated long-term development plan for marine preservation, in addition to Diving Tourism covering Cyprus. The Association welcomes and appreciates the cooperation of all stakeholders as such a development contributes positively to enhancing the tourist experience and to the further development of special interest tourism such as diving tourism. A special mention is reserved for the significant economic contribution of the CTO, Paphos Regional Promotion Company and the Mayor of Paralimni. Creating Artificial Reefs and Marine Preservation Areas has as its primary objectives the development and protection of the region’s marine wealth and biodiversity and promoting the upgrading of the tourism product through moderate and sustainable development that respects the environment. Andy Varoshiotis President -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 38, Griva Dhigenis Ave and 3, Deligiorgis Str P.O. Box 21455, 1509 Nicosia Tel: 22889890, Fax: 22667593 Website: www.dca-cy.com

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