California Ships to Reefs' vision is to establish a regional system of artificial reefs along the California coast to improve and enhance the California fish, plant and marine ecosystem, and to enhance the tourism industry centered on fishing and diving.
"I think reefing ships is a fantastic win/win/win scenario for sport divers, sport fishermen and the environment. Natural wrecks break down into rubble piles over time and though they will continue to attract fish, the bigger the structure the bigger the attraction and the bigger the ecosystem it will hold and or attract." -- Richie Kohler, Advisory Board, Ships to Reefs International
Quoted from California Diver Magazine
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Canadian ship pursued to join Yukon as artificial reef off coast of San Diego

CSTR Working to Save Ships to Reefs in the U.S.

As the future of artificial reefing in California and the U.S. faces great challenges, we hope you will join us fighting to make changes in Washington DC. We are vigorously working to reverse the Maritime Administration’s (MARAD) recent decision which eliminates all National Defense Reserve Fleet vessels from consideration as artificial reefs. MARAD’s policy change removed the previously approved Kawishiwi from our plans for reefing. We submitted thousands of petition signatures to Congress and White House, protesting this change and we’re lobbying to change the federal law which prevents MARAD and the Navy from communicating, negotiating and contracting with non-governmental organizations such as CSTR.

CSTR needs all its supporters now to help us chart the future for artificial reefing. Your tax deductible contributions bring economic benefits to your industry and your community as new reefs create greater diving, fishing and other recreational opportunities. The monetary and merchandise donations you give are only one way to be part of the adventure.  Volunteer your time - we have something for everyone to do.

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To Reef or To Scrap - CSTR Presentation

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U.S. Government Ends The Sinking Of Old Ships as Artificial Reefs

SEATTLE, Washington, Sept. 6, 2012 - The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD)
has adopted a new policy that effectively terminates the federal artificial reefing program that allowed the scuttling of old ships for so-called "artificial reefs" – a practice that dates back to the Liberty Ship Act of 1972.
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Ship Arrived in Ensenada Sunday, February 9

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