Less than a month after installation, the eight artificial reefs, located next to the Casino in Constanta/ Romania by Mare Nostrum, using the company Van Oord, came to life, literally.
The images captured by divers from PRODIVE SERVICES shows that reefs help restore biodiversity in the Black Sea by providing a breeding ground for a variety of marine organisms such as black mussels.
"It's a very pleasant surprise really. We even did some estimates take samples after the first three months of installing reefs, because of reproduction of mussles was expected in Autumn. We thought that by then we will have only some empty plastic.
But, behold at the first dive, at less then a month of installing them in water, we have a pleasant surprise: a wealth of bodies already installed on reefs, both species of fish, jellyfish, crustaceans, shrimp and seahorses, and we know that seehorses need a stable substrates to catch the tail, or fail to feed.
We will take water samples and we will continue to carefully monitor the area and that means that reefs already fulfilling their role as biofilter, and a supporting role, to increase the number of individuals and the biodiversity of the area.
We expect that next spring we will have a great liking for divers who want to see marine life in their natural environment, "said Chief Executive of Mare Nostrum, Mihaela Cândea.
At maturity, each mussel reach to filter up to 50 gallons of seawater every day
Recall, the eight cylindrical structures are constructed of polypropylene, by the Bulgarian partner of the project, with a height of 7 m and 2.5 m diameter were submerged by divers from Van Oord DMC at a depth of 11 meters and solidly, weighing 3 tons, which ensures the preservation of their position.
The reefs were located 25 m apart from each other and are indicated with a bright beacon equipped with an easily detectable on radar:
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