saying good bye to a unique habitat.

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saying good bye to a unique habitat.

Post by scooby branch » Sun Sep 06, 2015 3:57 pm

]Mukelteo oil docks. Over the years this man made structure has created a unique and interesting habitat for muscles, dungeons crabs and schools of rat fish. That is to say the least. We got to dive there one last time today and leaving not without a tear in our eyes. Hopefully the habitat will be recreated in the years to come on the adjacent docks.
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Post by YellowEye » Sun Sep 06, 2015 9:04 pm

This sucks!
Always sad to lose another dive site...
I wonder if they'll leave some of the pilings underwater...?

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Post by scooby branch » Sun Sep 06, 2015 11:22 pm

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I sure hope some of the old pilings are left. The only problem would be they will probably not be sticking out of the water enough for the muscles to grow. Food so delicious to the crabs and fish...
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Post by YellowEye » Sun Sep 06, 2015 11:42 pm

nice pic!

correct, and there's more current and nutrients up there for cool sponges and stuff to grow

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Post by Rockfish » Mon Sep 07, 2015 3:40 pm

They are not leaving any pilings in the water they want all of the creosote removed. It will be a barren wasteland where there once was an oasis of life. Go dive where the Edmonds oil dock used to be and see what it looks like.

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Post by YellowEye » Mon Sep 07, 2015 3:46 pm

Rockfish wrote:They are not leaving any pilings in the water they want all of the creosote removed. It will be a barren wasteland where there once was an oasis of life. Go dive where the Edmonds oil dock used to be and see what it looks like.


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We went diving at the old Edmonds oil dock location today. I wouldn't say it is a barren wasteland, there are rockpiles and the odd piling. Is actually a nice dive, but yes, so sad to see the majestic pilings gone.

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Post by Tangfish » Mon Sep 07, 2015 4:41 pm

Was the idea of replacing the pilings they're removing with some other structures, like rock piles, ever aired out?

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Post by oldsalt » Mon Sep 07, 2015 5:04 pm

Since they plan to move the ferry dock to that site, perhaps leaving some pilings at the current ferry dock would provide an equivalent dive site.
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Post by derekcs » Tue Sep 08, 2015 4:18 pm

This was one of my favorite dive sites too. I even mapped it out for my Divemaster course! Was very sad to hear this news.

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Post by derekcs » Tue Sep 08, 2015 5:09 pm

Is there anyone we can contact at WDFW or in Mukilteo to get some sort of replacement site going?
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Post by CaptnJack » Wed Sep 09, 2015 9:37 am

derekcs wrote:Is there anyone we can contact at WDFW or in Mukilteo to get some sort of replacement site going?


For many years WDFW hasn't been interested in replacement reef/structures. This may be changing, but in this case the city would need to be a vocal sponsor/advocate and honestly Mukilteo's motivation to provide scuba amenities is iffy.
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Post by scooby branch » Wed Sep 09, 2015 4:00 pm

Well the hotel people don't particularly like divers at the other Mukilteo site hogging the tiny parking lot and peeing in the bushes. With the new bigger better parking lot with a john available maybe its time to focus on building a decent reef there to replace the docks and open up more options for spotted shrimp harvesting when it comes...
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Post by scooby branch » Wed Sep 09, 2015 4:02 pm

Derecs, awesome pics! A huge investment?
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Post by derekcs » Wed Sep 09, 2015 9:42 pm

scooby branch wrote:Derecs, awesome pics! A huge investment?

Thanks! By huge investment, I assume you mean the camera, in which case, yes.
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