Monday, July 30, 2018

Fish Tanks

AFP pix 

AFP pix

Fish tanks! That’s right – Lebanon dumped ten armoured vehicles into the Mediterranean on Saturday. 

Conservationists offloaded the disused army tanks (and other vehicles) 3km (1.8 miles) off the coast of Sidon in the hope of creating a new haven for marine life. 

The idea is for algae, coral and bacteria to flourish with the aim of attracting egg-laying fish. 

This push to build an artificial reef is in response to damage caused by over-fishing and rising temperatures. 

"This will be a paradise for divers and a place where we can develop underwater life", Kamel Kozbar, of Friends of the Coast of Sidon, the group spearheading the project, told news agency AFP. 

He hoped seaweed will soon cover the tanks, a gift from the army, realizing their vision of an "underwater park". 

Scientists have been using vehicles, especially vans and buses to boost sea life in the region since 2012, when Dr Michel Chalhoub from Beirut, Lebanon secured funding to restore beauty to the coast of Tripoli in Libya. 

But this was not just an environmental project – the army tanks had been purposefully positioned to have their tank guns pointed towards their southern neighbour, Israel. 

According to Kozbar, it was done "out of solidarity for the Palestinian people". 

Yay-y-y!!! Low Wee Wern (right) emerged as the Tasmanian Open 2018 Champion on Sunday – when she beat Australia’s Rachael Grinham 11-6, 11-7, 12-10 in 33 minutes. 

Well-fought, well-deserved, well done – congratulations!

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