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Old 08-31-2009, 09:15 AM   #1
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Default Buoys on the Oriskany

For those of you who dive the Oriskany regularly you probably know that someone keeps cutting the sub-surface bouys off the super-structure... Now, we're use to some fishermen trying to hook them and pull them off and what not, but this time it'sa diver cutting them off at the chain... I think it's not only sad but pathetic that someone would keep on doing this... Our buoys don't belong there because they don'ttie in thatway? Again sad... The worst part is no one will ever speak up and say why... Maybe we can do something with them a little differently, so they don't bother whom ever, for what ever reason... Seems like that would be the mature way to handle it, not just cutting them off...

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Old 08-31-2009, 09:40 AM   #2
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I heard about this last week. Has it happened before? How frequently?
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Old 08-31-2009, 10:50 AM   #3
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It happens every now and then... Probably once a year... there use to be buoys on other wrecks too like the chevron and the pete tide...They've been cut a couple times in just the past couple of weeks... Buoys make life so much easier....
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The buoys on Oriskany not only make life eaisier, they make it SAFER! The buoys are a big part of why the mishap rate on the Oriskany has been so incredibly low to date. There are some legal actions pendingthat should help solve the problem.
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Old 08-31-2009, 11:23 AM   #5
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I was going to throw this topic on the General board, but didn't want to stir the pot... Just wish people wouldn't be so ignorant... Itcertainly makes it much safer and easier on everyone from the crew to the divers...
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Old 08-31-2009, 12:25 PM   #6
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Default RE: Buoys on the Oriskany

The OLEeasy button.

I don't dive at all. I fish, but not near as muchin the years past. All artificial reefs must be permited. The current permit for theOis a minimum clearance of 55ft. to the surface. The bouys maybe shallower than the 55ft. clearance as the permit is for. If the bouy is shallower than 55ft. it poses a hazard to navigation. What if the bouy comes loose from the O, if the large rope goes with it, then it poses more of a hazard to navigation. The CG may be your bouy cuttingbandit. Just my.02.

Do I personally have a problem with the bouys? No, but I would rather there be surface bouys and not bouys under the surface. :letsdrink
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Old 08-31-2009, 12:33 PM   #7
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It was approved to put sub-surfacebuoys on the oriskany... Any vessel that would draft low enough to hit said name buoys wouldn't even know they hit them... I'll hit the easy button any day if it's safer...
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Divers have to be cutting them correct, It isnt possible for a fishermen to cut them is there?
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Old 08-31-2009, 01:45 PM   #9
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Re-read the original post....
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Old 08-31-2009, 03:24 PM   #10
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Sea Monkey (8/31/2009)The OLEeasy button.

I don't dive at all. I fish, but not near as muchin the years past. All artificial reefs must be permited. The current permit for theOis a minimum clearance of 55ft. to the surface. The bouys maybe shallower than the 55ft. clearance as the permit is for. If the bouy is shallower than 55ft. it poses a hazard to navigation. What if the bouy comes loose from the O, if the large rope goes with it, then it poses more of a hazard to navigation. The CG may be your bouy cuttingbandit. Just my.02.

Do I personally have a problem with the bouys? No, but I would rather there be surface bouys and not bouys under the surface. :letsdrink
The issue of buoys was aired publicly at the Marine Advisory Committee and representatives from all interested parties, as far as I know, had input. Surface buoys were requested and the idea rejected. It was agreed that the buoys as currently deployedwere of benefit, though understandablyno agency was willing to take responsibility for maintenance. If private individuals were willing to set and maintain the buoys, it was decided that it was acceptable practice to continue, since the buoys had been in use since the early days after the sinking. Bottom line is, it was discussed, permission granted and, in practice, they are not a hazard. I'm reasonably certain the USCG isn't in the buoy cutting business.

Most folksgoing there can't find them even when they look for them. Should they be left alone, <U>absoutely</U>. As suggested in other posts, it increases the safety factor and saves wear and tear on the ship itself. Hooking the "O" with anchors and reefhooks is destructive, disrespectful,and wasteful of a great resource.

It's a big ship and the gamefish don't congregate around the tower, rather the largest schools of fish are around the bow and stern and over the edges on the down current sides away from the tower. The divers can tell you it's true, they've seen the schools firsthand. Like most of the large reef sites, it's best fished "live" and not anchored. Just my $0.02.
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