Client: City of Cockburn
Winner of the 2019 Western Australian Coastal Awards for Excellence, Coogee Maritime Trail established a dive trail along the southern breakwater at Port Coogee as part of Subcon’s Living Coastlines Initiative.
The underwater dive trail encompasses WA’s premier shore-based shipwreck, the Omeo. Structures were installed along the marine trail to create habitat for aquatic life.
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Our Coogee Maritime Trail has created one of the worlds largest living harbour projects with over 100 metric tonnes and 5000m2 of habitat. The maritime trail integrates the Omeo wreck with multiple artworks and over 50 purpose built structures. Numerous artworks including a 5m diameter start fish with a swim through provide many points of interest for snorkellers and scuba divers alike. The trail also incorporates seaweed gardens which capture carbon dioxide, a juvenile fish nursery and three reef pyramids to provide habitat for demersal fish. Finally it also incorporates the worlds first geopoylmer reef modules paving the way for future low carbon footprint substrates to be deployed world wide. The Coogee Maritime Trail applies Subcon’s Integrated Artificial Reef concept to Coastal Developments. It demonstrates how owners of coastal infrastructure can create facilities that promote community well being and cohesion, integrate into the natural environmental and promote fisheries abundance. The trail is designed to both inspire and inform divers and snorkellers about the challenges faced by our oceans and the solutions.