Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Load of Old Scrap to Become Ocean Wonderland for Dive Enthusiasts

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Load of Old Scrap to Become Ocean Wonderland for Dive Enthusiasts

Article excerpt

AS the reef takes it grip on rotting steel and barnacled concrete and morphs useless scrap into an underwater wonderland, Rodger Cowell feels a deep sense of satisfaction.

The Bundaberg and District Artificial Reef Association president said only a couple of years ago the ocean bottom in that area was home to a couple of starfish - and that was it.

"Over time the growth of the reef is such that you can't recognise what the module once was," Mr Cowell said.

From Sunday until Wednesday, two to three hundred tonnes of steel will be added to the artificial reef's southern end to give the ever-increasing number of divers and fishers an option to spread out along the 800 metre long and 400 metre wide reef section.

Because the water is shallower at the southern end of the reef, Mr Cowell said he expected marine growth on the modules would be faster than at the northern end of the reef.

Molasses tanks from Bingera Sugar Mill were cleaned and cut into thirds to become playgrounds and hidey-holes for snapper and cod. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.