NSW DPI has taken underwater footage of the newly installed Southern Sydney offshore artificial reef - the newest and largest purpose built artificial reef in Australia.
The artificial reef named in honour of the late John Dunphy, tackle industry pioneer and national fishing industry giant, was completed off the southern Sydney coast during October. The reef is easily accessible from Port Hacking and Port Botany, located in a sandy area approximately 2.5 km south-south-east of Jibbon Point in 30 metres of water.
The “JD reef” complex consists of 36 enormous individual concrete modules weighing 25 tonnes each and standing 5 metres high. Over the next three years, a number of new artificial reefs are planned to be installed in areas including Newcastle, Wollongong, Tweed Coast and Jervis Bay. Planning work is currently well underway for the new Merimbula offshore artificial reef on the state's far south coast, which is scheduled to be completed in mid-2018.