Jay Straith was President of the Artificial
Reef Society of British Columbia from 1989 to 2001. During this time, he initiated
and guided eight large artificial reef projects to completion in British Columbia.
These projects ranged from a 700 ton freighter to the 10,500 ton HMCS Cape Breton,
which was the largest diving artificial reef when sunk in 2001. His most recent
project was the sinking of the HMCS Nipigon
in the St Lawrence River.
Jay has consulted internationally with groups
in the United States, Australia and New Zealand in establishing successful artificial
reef projects, including the placement of Leander Class destroyers, Victory (Liberty)
ships and Adams Class destroyers. He has provided leadership in developing the
diver safety aspects of modern diver oriented artificial reefs and established
a industry standard for safety.
Jay has presented seminars to the Dive
Equipment Marketing Association, he has spoken to scientists at the Conference
on Artificial Reefs and Habitats in San Remo, Italy, the Institute of Diving and
Hyperbaric Medicine and the Canadian Senate Standing Committee on Fisheries and
Jay Straith, President
Tel: +1 (604) 984-3646
Fax: +1 (604) 984-8573
at artificialreefs dot net