Offshore Artificial Reefs now installed in NSW

Recreational fishers have a reason to celebrate, as new Offshore Artificial Reefs (OAR) have now been installed off Forster and the Central Coast.

These newly installed OARs will be a stunning drawcard for locals and tourists alike to the region, increasing fishing opportunities for keen anglers hoping to snag a range of fish species, including yellowtail scad, kingfish and snapper.

We have used innovative, and state of the art reef designs to deflect currents to create eddies and upwellings to provide intricate habitats for a variety of fish species. The reefs are comprised of two steel towers each weighing approximately 50 tonnes with footprints of 16 x 16 metres and standing 12 metres high.


The reef structures have been built to withstand a one-in-100-year storm event while also meeting NSW DPI’s key objectives to increase productivity of marine life and to attract key fish species for recreational fishers to target.

These reefs are a great example of your recreational fishing licence fees being put to great use. The reefs have also been supported with funds from the Marine Estate Management Strategy.

For more information on the Offshore Artificial Reefs, please visit DPIs website.

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