Off-Shore Reef Project

In South East India an ingenious use of old motorbike tyres is helping the local economy. By tying tyres together and dropping them in the ocean an artificial reef is created which forms a new fishing ground for local people and a new dive spot in the future.

Author& copyright: Tim Tyson Short

5 Responses to “Off-Shore Reef Project”

  1. Kasha Vande March 30, 2012 at 7:13 am #

    This is a very exciting project and will be a great asset the fishermen of Thandirrayan Kuppam. Special recognition must go to these fishermen of Serenity Beach for being open to this new idea and for recognizing its potential return over time. Not many villages in this area would be so forward thinking!
    Serenity Beach, Thandirrayan Kuppam is showing itself again and again as a village to watch. With the leadership (panchayat) and residents’ open attitude and progressive, proactive approach to dealing with the new challenges created by environmental and economical changes, a model is being created for similar settlements in Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry.

  2. tim short March 30, 2012 at 8:22 am #

    It’s true, Serenty Beach is setting a standard for embracing change with the local working community being foremost in the decision making.
    Beach bites cafe and local market, beach cleaning and now the offshore reef,Serenity beach is unique.

  3. eliya April 7, 2012 at 9:24 am #

    So Smart !!!!! Congrads

  4. Seajay April 7, 2012 at 5:32 pm #

    - Serenity Beach – latest tourist/traveller/expat scene.Not unique.
    The tires may well be a future mini eco disaster. It wouldn’t surprise me if they end up back on the beach when they break up in the ocean – as they certainly will.

  5. mojo May 1, 2012 at 8:37 pm #

    I think this was tried before, it turned into an environmental disaster. As the rubber degrades over time it cracks and disentergrates forming a small crumbs of rubber and plastic from the crossply which is made of nylon or steel, all adding to the pollution of the sea.

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