Boats, tires, batteries, metal containers, engines, and other debris are being pulled to the surface in South San Diego Bay, thanks to the efforts of the Port of San Diego.
An estimated 50 tons of debris from the bottom of the bay is being recovered and removed from the area known as the A-8 Anchorage.
The A-8 Anchorage was an unlimited, free anchorage established in the 1980s to accommodate up to 150 vessels at any one time. Unfortunately, over the years, many vessels within the anchorage area sank because of winds, storms, or simply because the vessels weren’t seaworthy.
The $219,500 project is 100 percent grant funded:
- $120,000 in grant funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) marine debris removal program
- $99,500 grant from the State Water Resources Control Board
A Port of San Diego tenant, Pacific Tugboat Service, was hired by the Port to handle the cleanup. Side-scan sonar was used to provide divers with a “road map” of the debris.