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Needs Assessment and Scoping Study for Sinking Ships as Diving Sites in Puget Sound

Open-File Report 2008-1020

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Abstract

BACKGROUND There is growing interest in starting a program to sink ships in Puget Sound to create one or more underwater dive sites. Experience in other parts of the world has indicated that sunken vessels are highly popular with divers and could provide a basis for increased recreation and attraction of out-of-state divers with attendant economic benefits to the State. The Washington State legislature reviewed this possibility during the 2006 session and determined that more information is required before the legislature could determine if this activity is feasible or desirable. The legislature directed several State agencies to undertake a preliminary study of the feasibility. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW, lead State agency) in turn asked U.S. Geological Survey to conduct the study.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Needs Assessment and Scoping Study for Sinking Ships as Diving Sites in Puget Sound
Series title:
Open-File Report
Series number:
2008-1020
Edition:
-
Year Published:
2008
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
Geological Survey (U.S.)
Contributing office(s):
U.S. Geological Survey
Description:
iii, 43 p.