The Shoalhaven offshore artificial reef was deployed in January 2015 and is the state’s second offshore artificial reef. The 20 specially designed artificial reef modules used to create the reef stand 5 metres (15 feet) tall and weigh over 23 tonne each (over 470 tonne of reef!). The modules are built to last a minimum of 30 years (but will likely be much longer!) and are designed to withstand the forces generated by a 1 in 100 year storm, remaining perfectly in position.
The modules will collectively form a complex reef system with large caves, crevices and vertical relief to suit a wide range of fish species. The artificial structure is being monitored by NSW DPI scientists to assess the effectiveness of the reef.