First milestone for Artificial Reefs

Territorians and visiting fishos are set for a boost of recreational fishing opportunities with work beginning on constructing four new engineered, artificial reefs to be placed in the Beagle Gulf off Darwin.

Work has begun this month on the construction of the reefs which will help increase opportunities for the recreational fishing industry.

An $8.3 million contract has been awarded to local company Shorecast NT Pty Ltd to construct the reefs as part of the Territory Government’s $50 million recreational infrastructure fishing commitment.

Northern Territory business Shorecast has joined forces with Subcon Technologies – a company that has designed and built 17 artificial reefs across Australia – to deploy four new engineered, artificial reefs – a first for the Territory.

The 96 separate steel and concrete modules will sit on the sea floor in four different locations and are designed to replicate the best possible natural reef habitat.

The new artificial reefs will be located in the Greater Darwin region, two will be between North Gutter and Lee Point, one in the Dundee region and one between the Vernon Islands and Cape Hotham.

They are expected to be installed later this year.

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