Tender Awarded To Construct 4 New Artificial Reefs

Tender Awarded To Construct 4 New Artificial Reefs

Northern Territory Minister for Primary Industry and Resources Paul Kirby

Boost For Territory’s Fishing Industry

Victor P Taffa

Northern Territory’s vibrant recreational fishing industry will receive a further boost with the tender to construct 4 new artificial reefs awarded to a local company.

“These artificial reefs are designed to increase long term fisheries production, enhance the sustainability of key fishery resources and improve recreational fishing opportunities.” Minister for Primary Industry and Resources Paul Kirby said.

“This keystone project is part of the Northern Territory Government’s commitment to expand and improve recreational fishing as a lifestyle activity and tourism feature in the Top End.”

An $8.3 Million contract has been awarded to Shorecast NT Pty Ltd to construct 4 new artificial reefs in the Beagle Gulf as part of the Northern 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.

“Shorecast and the Shorelands Group of companies is excited to carry out this world class project in partnership with Subcon Technologies.” Shorecast Managing Director Arthur Hamilton said.

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.

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.

“AFANT welcomes the awarding of this tender and we look forward to the construction beginning.” Amateur Fishermen’s Association of the Northern Territory CEO David Ciaravolo said.

New artificial reefs will be located in the Greater Darwin region.

  • 2 will be between North Gutter and Lee Point,
  • 1 in the Dundee region,
  • 1 between the Vernon Islands and Cape Hotham.