Artificial reefs deployed
As part of the Northern Territory Government’s commitment to increase long term fisheries production, enhance the sustainability of key fishery resources and enhance recreational fishing infrastructure, the deployment of artificial reef modules commenced earlier this week – ahead of schedule.
The four football field-sized reefs are constructed from concrete and scientifically designed to sit on the sea floor, replicating a natural reef habitat. Designed by Subcon Technologies, the build was completed by Shorecast NT, with contributions by Helping People Achieve.
It is expected to take two to three years for the reeds to fully establish, but recreational fishers should notice benefits much sooner.
The reefs will be located in the Greater Darwin region, two between North Gutter and Lee Point, one in the Dundee region, and one between the Vernon Islands and Cape Hotham.
The deployment of the 116 modules is expected to take around a month.