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The Artificial Reef Society of British Columbia (ARSBC) is pleased to announce Project ABIS

an academic science study that will observe and report marine species recruitment on the former HMCS Annapolis.  Participants in the study include the Vancouver Aquarium, Squamish Nations, the Marine Life Sanctuaries Society and BC Parks.  We are asking underwater photographers and videographers to support this project by sharing your experiences whenever possible.
Pictures, videos and information can be uploaded to the Vancouver Aquarium using the link below:

All Aboard The Annapolis

For additional information, please contact:

 Doug Pemberton                                Donna Gibbs
               ARSBC / ABIS Project                 Vancouver Aquarium / Taxonomist
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Gone in 2 Minutes!

Sink explosion2Sink explosion3  Sinking1It was quite a magical day. Although it was raining when we arrived on site, it stopped, and the skies allowed a small opening for the sun to shine down upon Annapolis as she was sent to her new home. On hand were over 200 boats, and there were over 4300 computers tuned in to the web-cast. Thank you to everyone who watched, and particularly to the many former crew members who sent in interesting and touching comments about their experiences serving aboard Annapolis. Her new mission as a home to marine life will ensure that her name will live on for many years to come.

Annapolis Reef Info-Graphic

Click here to have a look at an informative diagram of how the Annapolis will benefit the marine environment. Thanks to Canadian Geographic for preparing this, and for permission to include it on our web-site!

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Artificial Reefs in Cartoons

Artificial reefs, and the ARSBC, have featured in several editorial cartoons over the years. Our favourites are from Adrian Raeside  (, editorial cartoonist for the Victoria Times-Colonist. Here are the ones that we have saved over the years....



A beautiful video of the sink!
Thank you to Geoff Grognet!

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First Photo on the Annapolis!
Thank you to!

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Annapolis Depth Chart

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Media: Please contact us for additional photos or information.

We will post more photos and videos in due time, but for now - we're just going to take a bit of a break, OK?

Regards, Larry Reeves
ARSBC Director, web-master, and web-caster.


The Artificial Reef Society of British Columbia, ARSBC, is a registered charitable non-profit society based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Our mission is to create environmentally- and economically-sustainable "artificial reefs" in British Columbia and around the world for the protection of environmentally- and historically-sensitive marine habitat, and for the enjoyment of scuba divers. Since 1991, the ARSBC has sunk 6 ships and one Boeing 737 in B.C.

"Of equal importance to us is the fact that your organization is working towards enhancing the marine environment using proven scientific and environmentally responsible methods of artificial reef development." - Jacques-Yves Cousteau, in a letter to the ARSBC in November, 1996.