Former HMCS Annapolis: artificial reef harbours many species
Aroha Miller, Manager, Ocean Watch, Ocean Wise Research Institute
With contributions from: Doug Pemberton, Director for Biological Monitoring Programs, Artificial Reef Society of BC
Excerpt from 2020 article
In 2015, the Annapolis, a decommissioned naval ship, was sunk in Ch’á7elsm/ Halkett Bay, on the south-east of Chá7elkwnech/Gambier Island to create an artificial reef. Due to historical log boom storage in this area, habitat potential was reduced compared to other nearby sites. The sinking of the Annapolis was thus designed to provide usable habitat to increase species abundance and diversity in the area, and is monitored by the Artificial Reef Society of BC (ARSBC) through their citizen science program, the Annapolis Biodiversity Index Study (ABIS).
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Background: Divers on the Annapolis. (Credit: Diane Reid)
What’s been done since 2017?
The table below reports on progress made on recommended actions from the previous 2017 article, where identified. Many of these require ongoing action.
|2017 Action||Action Taken|
|Government Action and Policy|
|Support citizen science efforts.||The 2018 (August) to 2019 (March) term for the ABIS project was funded by BC Parks.|
What can you do?
A detailed overview of recommended actions relating to climate change is included in The path to zero carbon municipalities. In some cases, no progress was identified on previous recommended actions; these remain listed below. Additional actions marked as NEW also follow.