Artificial Reefs

Torquay Artificial Reefs

In June 2015, purpose-built concrete reef modules were installed between Torquay and Breamlea and forms Victoria’s largest ever artificial reef.

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In June 2015, purpose-built concrete reef modules were installed between Torquay and Breamlea and forms Victoria’s largest ever artificial reef. The reef consists of 25 modules arranged in 5 clusters on the seafloor. Each concrete module measures more than four metres high and weighs up to 20 tonnes. The site is in 25 metres of water and 3 kilometres offshore.

What makes this reef different is it designed to create variable water currents and upwellings that brings up nutrients to the surface. This process will attract baitfish, which in turn, will attract predatory recreational species such as kingfish.  Each module will create a diverse and complex habitat as algae, sponges and invertebrates attach and colonise the surfaces.

The project was funded by $1,090,000 from recreational fishing licence fees and $410,000 from State Government Initiative funds in one of the biggest fish habitat enhancement projects in Victoria’s history.

The Torquay reefs are named “Rev’s Reef” after Trevor Buck who passed away in 2016. He was a VRFish Board member and outstanding advocate for recreational fishing, the environment and fish habitat.

Reef Coordinates
1 38˚ 19.828′ S 144˚ 22.500′ E
2 38˚ 19.942′ S 144˚ 22.600′ E
3 38˚ 20.184′ S 144˚ 22.320′ E
4 38˚ 20.065′ S 144˚ 22.225′ E

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