AMERICAN REEF COALITION
The mooring buoy concept is simple... install a mooring buoy in an area where boats traditionally anchor. Instead of anchoring, boaters tie off to the mooring. This eliminates anchoring and thus eliminates anchor damage to coral reefs.
Anchor damage is a leading destroyer of coral reefs in popular dive, snorkel and surf spots. Anchors and anchor chain pose a threat that can easily be seen by recreational scuba divers and snorkelers; they simply rip coral reefs apart.
In Hawaii, the rules stipulate that you cannot anchor within 100 yards of an environmental "day-use" mooring. Just one day-use mooring can save over 2-acres of living coral from being turned into shrapnel by anchors and anchor chain.
The American Reef Coalition works with government agencies, other nonprofits, dive and surf clubs on remote Pacific islands to maintain and install environmental moorings around living coral reefs. The environmental moorings that we maintain help to protect over 100 acres of living coral.
Annual maintenance costs can average $750 per mooring. All funds for installing and maintaining day-use moorings come from donations. Nothing happens without your support.
What would you rather be looking at...
No protection from anchors. Reef protected by environmental moorings.
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