[Press Release] The St. Lucia Divers Association – Anbaglo, in collaboration with the Customs Department, Fisheries Department, St. Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority, the St. Lucia Hotel and Tourism Associations’ Tourism Enhancement Fund, the Marine Police and the Minister of Tourism, came together for the sinking of the vessel Vicky B in the Anse Cochon area on Friday 18th May 2018.
The main aims were to increase the stock of dive sites and artificial reefs in St. Lucia, This is a climate change mitigation initiative as well as a product development move. This as St. Lucia moves to protect our natural reefs and fragile ecosystems by putting in and developing artificial reef to create additional habitats for our marine life, and additional dive sites to decrease the stress on our natural reefs.
This come on the heels of the sinking of the Barge SK-2, which capsized in Soufriere a couple months ago dumping it cargo near the Humming Bird Hotel. The Divers Association, Fisheries Department, SMMA and SLASPA quickly moved to seek permission from the relevant ministries to acquire and sink this barge in the Anse Cochon area for the same purpose.
The removal of the Vicky B from the Port Castries has also added to the efforts to beautify the harbor.
The next venture for The Divers Association in their product development, artificial reef, and dive site establishment is the acquisition and sinking of the Doggers Bank Tug. This Tug had sunk in the Castries Harbor some years ago. It is presently partially submerged in the Bannan Area of the Harbor.