Thanks to Cacique Playa Hermosa Costa Rica

5 Apr

Thanks to Jocelyn and Cacique for giving us permission to pass with our vehicles and ceramic crosses in order to ease us the spot for launching in water.

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BA DIVERS playa Hermosa Costa Rica

24 Feb

BA Divers, Costa Rica

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January 2017 ICE Co. begins installing insulators in the Condofish project

23 Feb

For more than 1 year and a half ICE and Condofisfh are working to develop an adequate structure that can withstand the weather of the sea and a structure that will help fish to shelter from predators and thus develop in a healthy environment for them

 

Condofish en Revista “Su Casa”

30 Apr

Condofish made an appearance in the popular Costa Rica magazine “Su Casa“.

“Un proyecto de arrecifes artificiales pretende atraer vida a los fondos arenosos de Playa Hermosa en Guanacaste. Lo único que se necesitó fueron unos cuantos bloques de concreto unidos entre sí por varillas de acero para que unas 25 especies de peces, crustáceos y moluscos hicieran de este su barrio.

En 1985, una embarcación atunera de origen mexicano atracó en playa Hermosa, en Carrillo de Guanacaste. Un incendio afectó su estructura al punto que esta terminó hundiéndose a escasos 400 metros de la costa.

Unos 17 años después, con ayuda de pescadores, un grupo de buzos ubicó los restos del barco que yacían en el fondo arenoso, a unos 10 metros de profundidad. Lejos de recordar el accidente, los pedazos de metal estaban cubiertos de vegetación y conchas. Aquello había dejado de ser un bote para convertirse en un arrecife.

Así fue como se originó la idea de Condofish, proyecto de arrecife artificial que toma la embarcación hundida como punto de referencia para colocar a su alrededor una docena de montículos en forma octogonal, los cuales sirven de hábitat a peces, crustáceos y moluscos.

Estos inusuales condominios marinos empezaron a colocarse en el 2010. Cada uno consta de 48 bloques de concreto enlazados entre sí por una estructura de acero que los inmoviliza. Esto les da estabilidad ante el embate de corrientes y no deja que se hundan en la arena. Asimismo, los “condos” son más resistentes a las redes de pesca y las anclas de los botes. Continue reading

2011 – End of the Year Update!

22 Dec
Rene and crew managed to make it out to the Condofish site last week for a picture update of the project.  The storms in October and unprecedented undersea currents managed to disorganize some of the condo fish structures below.  The most important news is thatmarine life is still in the reef project living in perfect harmony with the calcium rich concrete blocks.  Fortunately, Fish do not seem that concerned care about their condo architecture.  Even thought most tenants failed to file their insurance policy on time, they continue to love their blocky structures and use them as safe place for their eggs.
Our new prototype fish condo using a steel reinforced frame manage to stay strong and remain unaffected by the unusually strong currents.  We plan on building more reinforced structures throughout the project and forge ahead!
Below is a gallery of the last dive: Continue reading

Reef Dive Video Update – August 2011

16 Aug

Divers Don Don and Thad took a dive down to the Playa Hermosa Artificial Reef Project in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.  The fish and marine life are abounding. Also, The new steel reinforced condo design seems to be the ideal choice for underwater building. Our old structures are much more susceptible to being knocked over by fisherman’s anchors. The new prototype hasn’t moved or shifted since it was installed. The reef project is as beautiful as ever!

New CondoFish Video Documentary

3 Apr

Boomers Offshore created an outstanding video documenting the progress of the Playa Hermosa Artifical Reef Project over the last year.  In addition, the video emphasizes the need for project such as this and talks about the future of the project.

Be Sure and check out the Boomers Offshore for more info about life and adventure in Costa Rica. Thanks Andy for your support and excellent video skills!