CONSTRUCTION of the 10m high steel tower and 32 concrete modules which will form the innovative Tweed Offshore Artificial Reef is now almost complete! Australian company Pacific Marine Group will soon begin loading its massive 55m barge with the completed reef modules for the trip to Tweed Heads. The reef will be installed in 25m of water 7.5km south-east of the Tweed Heads river entrance.
The reef is being built to increase recreational fishing opportunities in the local region and is being constructed using funds from the recreational fishing licence fees. Unlike more expensive options such as scuttled ships, the new Tweed reef is purpose-built and designed to provide generations of local and visiting Tweed fishers with a quality new fishing location. The mammoth steel tower will be surrounded by 32 concrete “arrowhead” modules, each of which will be 5m high. This reef structure will provide new habitat for prized angling targets such as snapper, samsonfish, pearl perch, cobia and mackerel.
Mobilisation and installation of the reef will require reasonably stable weather conditions but DPI Fisheries is hoping it will take place in the near future, meaning the reef should be producing the goods for Tweed fishos for the start of the summer fishing season!
Stay tuned for further updates on the installation.
Meantime, check out https://bit.ly/3dx4lp3 for more info on DPI’s Offshore Artificial Reef Program.
This is your fishing licence at work!