New artificial reefs to be deployed off Hervey Bay
Building blocks that will make up two new artificial reefs in Hervey Bay, weighting a total 690 tonnes, will leave Gladstone on a barge today.
The 30 modules are destined for reefs located on the western side of Fraser Island.
Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef Dr Steven Miles saidthe two new artificial reefs will create new habitat for marine life and recreational fishing and diving opportunities.
“It won’t be long before anglers can drop their lines. Fish and marine life will be attracted to the new structures almost immediately, however it will be at least another 18 months before habitat is fully established,” Dr Miles said.
Both reef sites will receive 15 reef concrete modules, each five metres high and weighing 23 tonnes.
“Australian-designed Reef Temple is a purpose-designed offshore artificial reef that modifies current flows through upwelling, while increasing its stability,” Dr Miles said.
“The reefs have multiple openings, some large enough to allow diver access and great swim throughs.
“These openings will allow maximum light penetration while offering great protection for various species of fish.”
Deployment is estimated to take two days per site, subject to suitable weather conditions.
“The established reefs have proven to be tremendously popular with Queenslanders and visitors, and this government has now expanded opportunities,” Dr Miles said.
The reefs are similar to an artificial reef deployed off Shoalhaven in New South Wales.