Hervey Bay’s Two New Artificial Reefs Ready For Guests To Move In

by Ted Sorensen

Hervey Bay's Two New Artificial Reefs Ready For Guests To Move In

Hervey Bay's Two New Artificial Reefs Ready For Guests To Move InMember for Hervey Bay, Ted Sorensen welcomed the news that the building blocks that will make up two new artificial reefs in Hervey Bay, have now been laid on the sea bed. The 30 modules weigh a total 690 tonnes and left Gladstone by barge late last week and were gently lowered to the sea bed over the weekend. 

The $1.5 million project announced by the previous LNP government is set to see an 80 hectare reef built in waters 10 metres deep near the Outer Banks. A second reef will be built at a depth of 16 metres, north-east of Little Woody Island.

 “Artificial reefs provide marine life with protection from predators, shelter from ocean currents, breeding opportunities and a rich supply of food,” Ted said.

“We expect divers to see interesting creatures around the structures within months of completion and fishing should have improved substantially within 18 months.

"In fact, when we passed over one of the structures you could already see on the ship's depth-sounder a number of fish swimming around. There was even quite a large fish seen on the sounder have a look at the new underwater infrastructure."

Hervey Bay Boat Club president George Duck welcomed the announcement of the reef last year given the recent population growth within Hervey Bay and the popularity of fishing at the existing Roy Rufus Artificial Reef.

“The Roy Rufus Artificial Reef East of Big Woody Island is testament to the success of artificial reefs in our area, with thousands of divers and angler visitors throughout the year attracted by the huge numbers and variety of fish,” Mr Duck said.

“Boat club members, especially dive and fishing club members, will be thrilled to know that the reef has finally been laid."

Both reef sites will receive 15 reef concrete modules, each five metres high and weighing 23 tonnes with three modules grouped together. 

“Australian-designed Reef Temple is a purpose-designed offshore artificial reef that modifies current flows through upwelling, while increasing its stability,” Ted said. 

“The reefs have multiple openings, some large enough to allow diver access and great swim throughs  and these openings will allow maximum light penetration while offering great protection for various species of fish.” 

Ted said the reefs have been named after the region’s early lighthouse keepers – Woody Island’s first head lighthouse keeper John Simpson, who manned the light house from 1867 to 1870 and Peter Hardie who was in service from 1870 to 1897.

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