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Wreck removal a federal perspective
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    "Sunken, abandoned, and derelict vessels are a significant problem along the waterways, shores, and submerged lands of United States. These vessels pose an array of threats, including the release of oil and other pollutants, dispersion of fishing gear and other debris, navigational obstructions, physical destruction of marine habitats, and an entanglement hazard for marine life. Wrecks may be an attractive nuisance, creating entrapment and fall hazards for divers and trespassers. Wrecks may also be an visual eyesore and aesthetic nuisance and may become sites for illegal dumping of waste oil, garbage, and other pollutants. At the same time, sunken vessels may have commercial, public, and historic values, provide habitat for marine organisms, and often create a recreational resource for divers and fishermen. Federal interests and concerns mirror these positive and negative values. This paper summarizes the potential scope of the problem, and the major federal concerns, authorities, and issues that may underlie decisions regarding wreck removal, focusing on NOAA's roles"--Abstract.
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