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Artificial reefs – a ‘real’ wreck or not?

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Scuba Diver Editor-in-Chief Mark Evans is a dedicated wreckhead, and here he talks about wrecks – both genuine shipwrecks (maritime accidents and wartime incidents) and artificial reefs – and discusses why purpose-sunk wrecks are sometimes derided as not being ‘genuine' wrecks. But is this fair?

Mark Evans
Mark Evans
Scuba Diver's Editor-in-Chief Mark Evans has been in the diving industry for nearly 25 years, and has been diving since he was just 12 years old. 30-odd years later and he is still addicted to the underwater world.
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Mark Saxby

Surely the point of artificial reefs is first to be a reef.

The fact that they are wrecks that attract divers is a positive side-effect, not their purpose.

Neil Turton

If a vessel has not been wrecked then it is not a wreck.

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