26 Dec '14, 4pm

Will Florida’s new artificial reef bring economic prosperity or ecological destruction?

“Fish have to have structures to live in. We need to increase our fish population. It will have an economic impact on the community by attracting more tourism” said Naples attorney and fisherman Peter Flood. In addition to providing cover for fish that would otherwise get sniped by larger fish before they’re able to grow to maturity, the reef system is expected to launch a diving industry and attract high-dollar national fishing tournaments. According to a 2011 University of Florida Sea Grant report , estimates say that the project should bring $30 million in revenue over the coming years by boosting eco-tourism, hotel stays, dining, shopping, fishing, diving, bait shop sales, etc. As a minimalist who thinks the economy is screwed and capitalism is wack, that hurts my soul, but we’re all technically slowly dying more and more every day anyway so let’s move beyond that for ...

Full article: http://inhabitat.com/will-floridas-new-artificial-reef-br...

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