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Diving reef idea one step closer 

Spain’s Coastal department has given preliminary approval to a major diving project on La Palma which will involve the sinking of a boat 650 metres from the shore.

The Cabildo is aiming to construct an artificial reef for scuba divers, a project which is regarded as vitally important not only for the area of Tijarafa but the entire north-west of the island. It is believed it will bring in substantially more tourists and invigorate the economy.

The diving world is big business and is particularly booming in Europe. There are very few shipwrecks off the coast of Spain and the Cabildo believes La Palma is an ideal location for this type of sports tourism and well-placed for accessibility for all.

The project will need to comply with strict international standards. The boat will be sunk at a level of around 30 metres deep.

The Cabildo has rejected criticism that “nothing has been done about the idea” since it was first suggested and says this is not the case as there have been behind-the-scenes discussions since last November.

With the preliminary approval of Costas, further arrangements can now be made with interested parties, together with discussions over environmental issues and time-scale.