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The Port of San Diego announced progress yesterday (August 1) on another phase in its ongoing effort to clean up the bay floor around the notorious former A-8 free anchorage.

A-8, the last of the long-term free anchorages to be shut down in San Diego, once housed a small community of water-dwelling San Diegans. But it was also home to many castoff, and sometimes unseaworthy vessels, which tended to sink when storms buffeted the bay.

In 2008, the Port began a cleanup project of the area, using $50,000 of its own funds and another $340,000 in grants. A total of 315 tons of debris were plucked from the bottom of the bay, including 75 sunken vessels as well as “batteries, engines, generators, fuel and other storage tanks, bicycles, various electronics, and a bathtub.”

A recent survey of the area below the old A-8, however, revealed another 945 items still submerged. The current cleanup project, funded by another $219,500 in grant money, will remove an estimated 50 tons of debris by the time it’s completed in September.

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CaptainObvious Aug. 2, 2013 @ 2:48 p.m.

You guys are destroying the best lobster habitat in the bay.


jemsd Aug. 2, 2013 @ 5:50 p.m.

I may be ignorant on the issue, but aren't most marine vessels registered? I mean we're not talking rowboats here. I understand that "free anchorage" probably means a lot of these vessels were probably not yachts, but they still had to be registered, yes? Just like cars, there was some type of law enforcement scooting around ensuring these vessels were registered wasn't there? So I guess my question is, are any of the seventy five owners of this ocean trash going to get a bill for the removal costs?


Visduh Aug. 2, 2013 @ 8:03 p.m.

You can bet that most of those owners are now either deceased or destitute. Going after most of them would be like trying to get the proverbial blood from a turnip. That area was an aquatic (or marine, take your pick) shantytown. On land it would be bulldozed, and the junk hauled to the local landfill. In this case it is a bit harder, due to the submerged nature of the leavings.


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