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Artificial Reefs of the Florida Keys

To create an artificial reef is to sink a man-made object in the sea, and then allow it to become part of the ocean ecosystem. Marine life has been quick to adapt to artificial reefs. In fact, barracuda have been known to stake out their territory on an artificial reef moments after a vessel has been scuttled.

Recreational divers also adapt quickly to artificial reefs. Joe Clark of Ocean Divers charterboat operations (Key Largo, Florida) estimates that thousands of recreational divers dive on sites such as the USCG Duane each year.

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