The Sound of Mull Artificial Reef Steering Group (SMART) proposes to sink a decommissioned British Naval Destroyer in the Sound Of Mull, West Coast of Scotland to create the first artificial reef from a decommissioned Naval vessel in Scotland, and only the second in Europe. SMART will commission a feasibility study for this project in November 2011.
Of the many official artificial reef projects completed around the world the vast majority have had a positive outcome environmentally, financially and socio- economically.
Artificial reefs boost tourism, stimulate the local economy, create business opportunities, are low maintenance, have low running costs, and provide habitats for marine life as well as providing safe diving environments for all levels of recreational diving ability. SMART would like this reef to be the first of many artificial reefs around Scotland. If this project becomes a proven success, it gives other groups a basis to lobby for similar reefs all around Scotland.
There are more than twenty artificial reefs of this type around the world in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, America and England. The protocol for all stages of an artificial reef project are well established and internationally recognized. Of the many artificial reef projects completed around the world the vast majority have had positive outcomes environmentally, financially and socio- economically.