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April 3, 2003 | By Kaitlin Gurney INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
New York City subway cars will sleep with the fishes, after all. After nearly 16 years of debate, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bradley Campbell announced yesterday that the last 250 Redbird subway cars - named for their bright color - will be submerged off the Jersey Shore. The retired cars will join shipwrecks, concrete balls and military tanks as part of the state's 100-mile artificial reef, designed as a playground for declining fish populations. In the fall, the DEP plans to deposit groups of 50 cars at five sites - including one near Cape May and another near Atlantic City - along the reef, which stretches from Sandy Hook to Cape May Point.
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July 17, 2013 | By Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press
GIGLIO, Italy - Salvage crews are working against time to remove the shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship, which is steadily being crushed under its own weight on its granite seabed off the Tuscan island of Giglio. Officials said Monday that if this attempt fails, there won't be a second chance. Nick Sloane, the leader of the operation, said the Concordia has compressed about 10 feet since it came to rest on the rocks Jan. 13, 2012, after ramming a jagged reef during a publicity stunt allegedly ordered by the captain; 32 people were killed.
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September 28, 2010 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
The end will come slowly, with whooshing water, jets of escaping air, and the creaks and groans of metal. The 563-foot Arthur W. Radford, a decommissioned Navy destroyer with 26 years of service, will slip beneath the waves off Cape May Point by early November to begin a new mission as the longest vessel ever turned into an East Coast artificial reef. After serving during the Persian Gulf War and in peacekeeping operations off Lebanon, the Radford will become the home of marine life, including bluefin tuna and mako sharks.
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April 8, 2007 | By Gregory Toro FOR THE INQUIRER
During a particularly boring February afternoon, sunning on a Caribbean beach, I asked my wife, Deirdre, whether she'd like to snorkel out to a nearby reef. Reluctantly, she agreed, only because of the can of Cheez Whiz I had in my hand. Yes, Cheez Whiz. Being from the Philadelphia suburbs, I know about this product and its fabled use on the Philly cheesesteak. But, it took a trip to the Cayman Islands to learn an even greater use of this pressurized cheese product - as tropical fish lure.
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March 31, 1988 | By RAMONA SMITH, Daily News Staff Writer
The island's walls rise steep and sharp out of the Caribbean into a central mountain lost in a puffy cloud. The slopes are clothed with a tropical rain forest, the waters studded with coral. Surrounded by clear seas and brushed by the trade winds, the five-square- mile island of Saba is a haven for divers and dreamers. "Discover Saba, Dutch West Indies," says one island promotional brochure, calling it "the best-kept secret of the Caribbean. " Until now. A Philadelphia company has discovered Saba and is proposing to build the world's largest artificial reef over the coral sands three miles away.
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March 11, 2012 | Associated Press
ROME - The crew of an Italian tanker was evacuated by helicopter Saturday after the ship ran aground off Sicily in storm-tossed seas and took on water in its engine room. The Italian coast guard said all aboard were plucked to safety, despite fierce gusts of wind and rain. The Gelso M., with an all-Italian crew, was caught on a reef near the port town of Syracuse, on the island's southeast coast. The ship had come to rest at such an angle that it was impossible to lower lifeboats or for rescue vessels to approach, the coast guard said.
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December 24, 1989 | By Vernon Loeb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Fifty feet deep in the Sulu Sea, Pablito Ocba's eyes dance over the coral reef in search of an elusive and electric-colored bounty. Ocba dives for tropical fish the Filipino way, his only lifeline a crude air hose clamped between his teeth that connects him to an air compressor on the outrigger canoe bobbing on the surface above. His fins are made of plywood. His diving suit is nothing more than old sweat pants, long-sleeve T-shirts three layers deep and a woolen ski mask.
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January 4, 1998 | By Joel Simon, FOR THE INQUIRER
The moment I enter the sea, gravity ceases. Scuba gear in place, I am suddenly free - free to sink, to swim in any direction I please, to turn somersaults or float like a great leaf flirting with the sky. In a very real sense, diving is flight - a wingless, weightless, effortless sojourn through a world of wondrous life, mystery and magic. Beneath me, tawny-colored hard corals, like so many uplifted arms, stretch toward the sun. A dense school of small purple fish greet me, surround me and then make way as I slowly descend through their midst.
NEWS
February 12, 2012 | By David Klepper, Associated Press
WESTERLY, R.I. - For two centuries it rested a mile from shore, shrouded by a treacherous reef from the pleasure boaters and beachgoers who haunt New England's southern coast. Now, researchers from the U.S. Navy are hoping to confirm what the men who discovered the wreck believe: that the sunken ship off the coast of Rhode Island is the USS Revenge, commanded by Oliver Hazard Perry and lost on a stormy January day in 1811. "The Revenge was forgotten. It became a footnote," said Charlie Buffum, a brewery owner from Stonington, Conn., who found the shipwreck while diving with friend Craig Harger.
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August 10, 2011 | By Edward Colimore, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Like mourners gathered at the wake of a close friend, former crew members of the USS Arthur W. Radford stood vigil Wednesday over the decommissioned Navy destroyer as it began its slow descent into the Atlantic. From aboard the Cape May-Lewes Ferry, they watched the warship drop low in the water, its decks flood, and jets of water, like final gasps, shoot into the air. Then, amid applause and ooh's and ahh's, the Radford's bow lifted and slipped into a bubbling cauldron of white and turquoise waters 29 miles south of Cape May Point.
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November 6, 2013 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gordon Chaplin felt as though he had come home. There in the library of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University - notwithstanding the stern, Victorian visages staring down from the walls - he was surrounded by the stuff of his childhood memories. Fish collected by Chaplin and his father, Charles, from whom he would grow so distant, floated in specimen jars. Drawings from the seminal book of Bahamian fishes written by the elder Chaplin and former Academy curator James Böhlke were on display.
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July 27, 2013 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
David Grasso stood at the window of a 19th-story condo in Waterfront Square's Reef Tower, looking out at an old brick building at Columbus Boulevard and Spring Garden Street. When Grasso was 15, his father, Michael, dragooned him into a summer rehab of that building, a 19th-century grain warehouse, into offices. The ground floor was for many years a club called Egypt, which Grasso managed while he was in college. Back then, he recalled, he would look out the warehouse windows, watching the sun rise above 91/2 acres of derelict waterfront at the north edge of Penn's Landing.
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July 23, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
CANBERRA, Australi a - Two U.S. fighter jets dropped four unarmed bombs into Australia's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park last week when a training exercise went wrong, the U.S. Navy said, angering environmentalists. The two AV-8B Harrier jets launched from the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard each jettisoned an inert practice bomb and an unarmed laser-guided explosive bomb into the World Heritage-listed marine park off the coast of Queensland state on Tuesday, the U.S. 7th Fleet said in a statement Saturday.
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July 17, 2013 | By Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press
GIGLIO, Italy - Salvage crews are working against time to remove the shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship, which is steadily being crushed under its own weight on its granite seabed off the Tuscan island of Giglio. Officials said Monday that if this attempt fails, there won't be a second chance. Nick Sloane, the leader of the operation, said the Concordia has compressed about 10 feet since it came to rest on the rocks Jan. 13, 2012, after ramming a jagged reef during a publicity stunt allegedly ordered by the captain; 32 people were killed.
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March 23, 2013 | Associated Press
TRENTON - New Jersey plans to create an artificial fishing reef north of Barnegat Inlet exclusively for recreational fishermen. It's the result of a compromise announced Thursday by the Department of Environmental Protection in a dispute between recreational and commercial fishing interests over access to artificial reefs. Commercial fishermen will have continued access to portions of the two existing reefs in state waters, off Sandy Hook and Manasquan. But a debate continues on who should have access to 13 reefs in federal waters off New Jersey, with the state seeking to bar commercial gear even there.
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March 3, 2013 | 1By David McFadden, Associated Press
ORACABESSA BAY, Jamaica - Mats of algae and seaweed have shrouded the once-thick coral in shallow reefs off Jamaica's north coast. Warm ocean waters have bleached out the coral, and in a cascade of ecological decline, the sea urchins and plant-eating reef fish have mostly vanished, replaced by snails and worms that bore through coral skeletons. Now, off the shores of Jamaica, as well as in Caribbean islands from Bonaire to St. Croix, conservationists are planting fast-growing coral species to try and turn things around by "seeding" reefs.
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January 4, 2013
DANCE, DANCE Muy salsa Accomplish three resolutions in one night at the Painted Bride: Learn to salsa, catch live music and burn calories. Salsa Caliente celebrates the Three Kings with two Latin big bands and a dance lesson an hour before they go on. Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St., lesson at 8 p.m., bands at 9 p.m. Friday, $25, 215-925-9914, paintedbride.org. MUSIC Yes, you can Fulfill those New Year's resolutions with Willpowerless, offering hard-rocking exhortations like "Drop the b-s, it's time for the here and now. " With Prospect Hill, Awake at Last, Polar Ice Cap. North Star Bar, 27th and Poplar streets, 9 p.m. Friday, $15, 215-787-0488, www.northstarbar.com . Wit or witout The Barbary's most banging party teams up with one of the city's best rappers, when Reef the Lost Cauze celebrates the release of his new album, "Reef the Lost Cauze is Dead," at the Bounce, a monthly party hosted by DJ duo Emynd and Bo Bliz.
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September 1, 2012 | By Sandy Bauers and Erin Quinn, Inquirer Staff Writers
Marine biologist Chris Wojcik spent months building a 46-foot horseshoe crab replica, meant to function as an artificial reef off the New Jersey coast. The plan Thursday was to sink the anatomically proportionate concrete sculpture - and the 50-foot barge to which it was bolted - three miles east of Mantoloking in Ocean County. The work would rest on the ocean floor, providing an environment for lobsters, fish, and about 150 other species, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection, which gave the operation its approval.
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March 11, 2012 | Associated Press
ROME - The crew of an Italian tanker was evacuated by helicopter Saturday after the ship ran aground off Sicily in storm-tossed seas and took on water in its engine room. The Italian coast guard said all aboard were plucked to safety, despite fierce gusts of wind and rain. The Gelso M., with an all-Italian crew, was caught on a reef near the port town of Syracuse, on the island's southeast coast. The ship had come to rest at such an angle that it was impossible to lower lifeboats or for rescue vessels to approach, the coast guard said.
NEWS
February 12, 2012 | By David Klepper, Associated Press
WESTERLY, R.I. - For two centuries it rested a mile from shore, shrouded by a treacherous reef from the pleasure boaters and beachgoers who haunt New England's southern coast. Now, researchers from the U.S. Navy are hoping to confirm what the men who discovered the wreck believe: that the sunken ship off the coast of Rhode Island is the USS Revenge, commanded by Oliver Hazard Perry and lost on a stormy January day in 1811. "The Revenge was forgotten. It became a footnote," said Charlie Buffum, a brewery owner from Stonington, Conn., who found the shipwreck while diving with friend Craig Harger.
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