Boost for Territory’s fishing industry

The Northern Territory’s vibrant recreational fishing industry will receive a further boost with the tender to construct four new artificial reefs awarded to a local company.

An $8.3M contract has been awarded to Shorecast NT Pty Ltd to construct four new artificial reefs in the Beagle Gulf as part of the Territory Government’s $50 million investment to improve recreational fishing opportunities.

Northern Territory business Shorecast will join forces with Subcon Technologies – a company that has designed and built 17 artificial reefs across Australia – to deploy four new engineered, artificial reefs – a first for the Territory.

Subcon specialises in designing and constructing purpose-built artificial reef modules with previous projects in Exmouth, South Sydney, Merimbula, Port Macquarie, Rottnest Island and other locations.

The artificial reefs are man-made structures constructed from steel and concrete. They sit on the sea floor and are designed to replicate the best possible natural reef habitat.

The new artificial reefs will be located in the Greater Darwin region, two will be between North Gutter and Lee Point, one in the Dundee region and one between the Vernon Islands and Cape Hotham.

Source: NT Government