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Titlow Artificial Reef Project

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  1. 1. TITLOW ARTIFICIAL REEF PROJECT Bellarmine Preparatory School Marine Chemistry Program
  2. 2. Titlow Beach Dive History <ul><li>Always been dive location: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Safe, easy access </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1960’s octopus wrestling events </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pilings provide abundance of marine life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Became a Marine Protected Area in 1992 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Divers rights lost at Point Defiance, Les Davis, Old Town dock </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Titlow Park Master Plan Marine Education Program <ul><li>“ An education program should be developed to explain the importance of a marine environment ” </li></ul><ul><li>New artificial habitat will provide an amazing and unique opportunity for students and educators </li></ul><ul><li>A chance to bring back and protect the underwater giants –ling cod, octopus, and wolf eel </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Marine Preserve </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Located South of Narrows Bridge </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Popular Dive Site </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Abundant marine life on wooden pilings and old ferry dock </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Pilings are to be removed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Toxic chemicals bio-accumulate up the food chain </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Many animals cannot tolerate the toxic pilings so selective biology on the pilings (Department of Fish and Wildlife) </li></ul></ul>Titlow Beach Background
  5. 5. Proposed Titlow Beach Offshore Artificial Habitat Area (2007)
  6. 6. Proposed Titlow Beach Offshore Artificial Habitat Area (2007)
  7. 7. <ul><li>Replace toxic habitat with environmentally friendly material </li></ul><ul><li>Provide a safe place for divers </li></ul><ul><li>Habitat is well-liked by divers and marine life </li></ul><ul><li>Provide awareness of Puget Sound’s abundant marine Life </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity to statistically compare different habitats </li></ul><ul><li>Educational opportunity to observe marine life in a natural non-aquarium setting </li></ul>What We Hope to Achieve
  8. 8. <ul><li>Quarry Rock with Leaning Pillars </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Known as proven, beneficial habitat </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluated over last 20 years as successful for animal and plant recruitment </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Reef Balls </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Test of compatibility in Puget Sound Waters </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Artificial Wrecks (concrete boxes) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Test of compatibility in Puget Sound Waters </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Advantage of Reef Balls and Artificial Wrecks: </li></ul><ul><li>-Leave small imprint on sea floor </li></ul><ul><li>-Removable </li></ul>Habitat Structures
  9. 9. Images © 2007 by CHRousseau & Bellarmine Preparatory School
  10. 10. Images © 2007 by CHRousseau & Bellarmine Preparatory School
  11. 11. Images © 2007 by CHRousseau & Bellarmine Preparatory School
  12. 12. Images © 2007 by CHRousseau & Bellarmine Preparatory School
  13. 14. Proposed Habitat Area Grid ------- 700 feet -------- ----- 300 feet ----- ---100 ft--- ---100 ft--- 1 2 3 3 2 1
  14. 15. Proposed Grid Sectors are 100’ x 100’ Images © 2007 by CHRousseau & Bellarmine Preparatory School
  15. 16. Proposed Grid Sectors are 100’ x 100’ Images © 2007 by CHRousseau & Bellarmine Preparatory School
  16. 17. <ul><li>Leaning Pillars and Artificial Wrecks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Upper Water Column-High Current Animals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All schooling fish: rockfish, perch, herring </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Turf red algae, turf brown algae </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Reef Balls, Quarry Rock </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bottom fish: ling cods, greenlings, cabezons, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Small benthic fish: sculpins, blennies, gobies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Also: octopi, wolf eels, crabs, shrimps, etc. </li></ul></ul>Expected Marine Life
  17. 19. <ul><li>“ They have found thousands of salmon with juvenile rockfish in them. They have never found rock fish with salmon in them.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>-Ray Buckley </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fisheries Biologist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Olympia, Washington </li></ul></ul>Will This Affect Salmon?

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