The Mohawk was deployed to the Gulf Floor approximately 40 miles west of Redfish Pass on July 3, 2012. The sinking and related activities were picked up on 487 broadcasts with a viewership of 11,044,412 and an ad value of $451,868.90 between 7/1 and 7/3/12. Additional value for print, web and TV shows is not included in this summary, but has been valued to be substantial.
Tourist related activities in the Lee County area have shown a marked increase since the sinking; economic data is not yet available.
As habitat, population of the ship by a diverse aquatic population began within hours of the sinking. To date seven whale sharks have been seen at the reef, increasing interest by a diverse group of eco-tourists.
Learn more about the Mohawk Veterans Memorial Reef here.