Port Macquarie Offshore Artificial Reef

The Port Macquarie offshore artificial reef on the state's mid north coast was completed in February 2016. Twenty concrete modules each weighing 23 tonnes and standing more than 5 metres tall were constructed in Newcastle and loaded onto a large barge which was towed more than 250 kilometres to the artificial reef site. Each module was expertly placed on the ocean floor at a depth of approximately 46 metres, 6.3km off the coast. The modules were positioned on the sea floor to maximise the volume of the reef, which is an impressive 1,600 cubic metres.

Port Macquarie reef deployment

Extensive stakeholder consultation was carried out to determine the most suitable location for the reef. The GPS coordinates (WGS84 datum) for the centre point of the reef is:

31°25.044' S (Latitude)
152°58.950'E (Longitude)

Port Macquarie reef location

If you require any further information, please call (02) 6691 9673 or email: fisheries.enhancement@dpi.nsw.gov.au.