The Academy is holding in November a conference at the Aquarium of Genoa on the topic:
UNDERWATER ARTIFICIAL REEFS
RESOURCES FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, WEALTH FOR THE ECONOMY
(Aquarium of Genoa, 25th of November 2014)
Aims of the Academy
in addition to Tridente d’Oro award, the development of knowledge of diving activities (scientific, technical, artistic, cultural, sports) and the dissemination of the culture of the underwater world in an interdisciplinary context. It is concerned with any initiatives related to diving activities.
In this context, the Academy organizes congresses, seminars, conferences and publishes research and studies. In 2012 it was organized a conference on DEVELOPMENT OF PROFESSIONAL UNDERWATER TECHNOLOGY as speakers university professors, scientists, technicians and operators of major underwater contractors. In 2013 the issue was UNDERWATER ARCHAEOLOGY and as speakers archaeologists of international renown, researchers and technicians operating in this branch.
A prestigious institution
The Academy is an institution that manages a prize with 53 years of life, known throughout the underwater environment word, with a prestige and unique respect. Among diving organizations all over the world only CMAS founded in 1959 can claim older seniority. The American Academy of Underwater Sciences was founded only in 1983, the Historical Diving Society born in the UK in 1990. When the Tridente d’Oro born in 1960, there were very few diving manufacturers; diving schools and diving centers were still in their infancy; technology and underwater activities reserved for a narrow range of fans. The Tridente d’Oro has therefore accompanied the development of underwater activities contributing, with its prestigious award, to indicate the protagonists that, time by time, were writing the story with their feats and accomplishments. Today Academics are biologists, geologists, naturalists, engineers who have relationships with the most advanced research centers in the world.
Every event organized by the Academy attracts the attention of the underwater world and located in the international media widely reported and relief. The Academy essentially lives with annual dues of academics and occasionally with the help of private companies during special events. The Academy is holding in November a conference at the Aquarium of Genoa on the topic:
UNDERWATER ARTIFICIAL REEFS
An underwater artificial reef is a structure that can be:
BUILT BY MAN,
RESULTING FROM AN ACCIDENT, AS IN THE CASE OF THE PAGURO PLATFORM (1),
OR IN THE CASE OF THE SUPERTANKER HAVEN (2)
In any case, a submerged fence, produces results of a certain environmental value and it is scientifically proven to facilitate the birth of an ideal habitat for flora and fauna which, finding shelter and protection structures, in a short time, they initiate a process of colonization, creating an ecosystem. This is an advantage both in terms of biological (often becoming areas of production and concentration of species of also commercial interest) and playful, as a barrier becomes inevitably a place for scuba diving with an important economic impact (3).
However, constructing and positioning specially design submerged barriers is involving considerable costs.
One of the platforms that are now submerged to Giglio’s Island
The location of the platforms before parbuckling
At this moment in time, in Italy, we would have the opportunity to recover, at no cost, a huge artificial barrier already built and positioned. This fortuitous opportunity is offered by the towering diving platforms erected at the Giglio’s Island on which was laid the wreck of the Concordia, prior to his re-buoyancy.
The Academy is working to help the Giglio City Council to keep the platforms on site and intends to be at the forefront of raising awareness and information on the opportunity to achieve substantial environmental benefits and employment, leaving them where they are.
At this point, the Academy, intends to hold an urgent meeting at the Aquarium of Genoa, to make known to the media, politicians and the public about this opportunity. This needs to be done urgently because there are strong interests to win contracts for the demolition. Once they have signed the contracts it will, in fact, be impossible to stop them without paying heavy penalties.
The meeting will be attended by, among others, marine biologists:
as well as experts of Environmental Sciences and Diving organizations operators. We would like to have an exchange of views with the Ministry of Environment and therefore we will invite the Minister Gian Luca Galletti and his Directors.
The theme of the conference draws inspiration from the Giglio’ s platforms, but its importance is not limited to this. Similar situations exist in the Adriatic Sea, where there are many deactivated oil platforms and that could be exploited for environmental purposes and employment. Even right in front of Genoa there are two inactive structures of which, at least one, could definitely re-born with these aims.
(1) In 1965, in the Adriatic Sea, the Paguro platform, during some methane gas extraction, exploded, it caught fire and sank to the bottom, creating a 35mt crater. Over time the site has become an oasis of life with a rich flora and fauna, so that today, this artificial reef has been declared by the Ministry, Biological Protection Zone and subsequently, Site of Community Interest. It’s a destination for divers and dozens of diving work on the site, making thousands of dives per year.
(2) In 1991, the supertanker Haven sank in front of Arenzano (Ge) reclining at a depth of 80 meters. It is today the biggest wreck visited by divers in the Mediterranean sea as well as one of the largest in the world. Even the Haven has become a marine biology lab attracting thousands of divers and also a source of direct business for dozens professionals and several jobs in the related industries
(3) The main diving center operating on Haven in September 2014: - Mare Blu (Ge-Sestri P.); - Haven Diving Center (Arenzano); Le Cavallette (Savona); Bubble lounge Diving Ge-Recco); Centro Sub Tigullio (Genova); Portofino Divers (S.Margherita L.–Ge); Nereo Sub (Spotorno–Ge); Doctor Scuba (S.Michele di Pagana – Ge); Whale Diving Center (Arenzano); Melville Diving C. (Genova-Nervi); Tech Dive (Ge-Varazzze).
Along with others, there are more than 25 diving firms, employing about 150 people directly involved and as many related industries (transport assistance, tourist operators), for a total of 300 jobs.
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