Artificial fishing reefs

An artificial reef is a man-made underwater structure built to promote marine life.

Artificial reefs have been built to benefit anglers and divers.

Fenton Patches

Marchart 3

Type: 32m steel oil rig tender.

Approximate position: 12 10.275'S 130 40.635'E

Approximate depth: 25m

Common species: jewfish, saddle-tail snapper, golden snapper, trevally, estuary cod, tuna and mackerel.

Bus Stop Reef

Type: 6 x steel shipping pontoons, 45 x truck tyres, 3 x concrete bus shelters, 1 x 10m steel boat cut in two sections. Approximate total 200 tonnes of materials.

Approximate position: 12 11.163'S 130 41.165'E

Approximate depth: 25m

Common species: jewfish, saddle-tail snapper, golden snapper, trevally, estuary cod, tuna and mackerel.

Pipeline Reef

Type: 200 tonnes of large concrete pipes.

Approximate position: 12 11.669'S 130 40.390'E

Approximate depth: 25m

Common species: jewfish, saddle-tail snapper, golden snapper, trevally, estuary cod, tuna and mackerel.

Galah and Heron

Type: 2 x 20m vessels.

Approximate position: 12 9.701'S 130 40.750'E

Approximate depth: 25m

Common species: jewfish, saddle-tail snapper, golden snapper, trevally, estuary cod, tuna and mackerel.

Cockatoo and Mudlark

Type: 2 x 20m vessels.

Approximate position: 12 10.097'S 130 39.732'E

Approximate depth: 25m

Common species: jewfish, saddle-tail snapper, golden snapper, trevally, estuary cod, tuna and mackerel.

Amanda Lee

Type: 1 x 20m steel vessel.

Approximate position: 12 09.691'S 130 40.721'E

Approximate depth: 25m

Common species: jewfish, saddle-tail snapper, golden snapper, trevally, estuary cod and mackerel.

Antares and Steel Barge

Type: 1 x 20m steel vessel and a 10m x 10m steel barge.

Approximate position: 12 09.937'S 130 41.363'E

Approximate depth: 25m

Common species: jewfish, saddle-tail snapper, golden snapper, trevally, estuary cod and mackerel.

Amelia C and Merindah Pearl

Type: 2 x 25m steel vessels.

Approximate position: 12 09.810'S 130 41.409'E

Approximate depth: 25m

Common species: jewfish, saddle-tail snapper, golden snapper, trevally, estuary cod and mackerel.

Darwin Harbour artificial reefs

Ham Luong

Type: 15m steel Vietnamese refugee boat.

Approximate position: 12 28.65'S 130 47.9'E

Approximate depth: 24m

Common species: golden snapper, estuary cod, tusk fish and jewfish.

John Holland Barge

Type: 18m x 12m steel barge - four parallel steel cylindrical pontoons plus a deck house of steel and wood and one small steel work boat hull nearby.

Approximate position: 12 28.55'S 130 47.88'E

Approximate depth: 24m

Common species: tusk fish, jewfish, golden snapper and estuary cod.

Stokes Hill Wharf artificial reef

Type: Three vessels and several concrete pipes.

Approximate position: beneath fishing platform on wharf's approach - also see Neptuna, wartime wreck.

Approximate depth: 10m

Common species: jewfish, queenfish, estuary cod, golden snapper, mackerel.

Medkhanun 3

Type: 30m steel confiscated foreign fishing vessel.

Approximate position: 12 28.710'S 130 48.145'E

Approximate depth: 20m

Common species: jewfish, golden snapper, estuary cod and Spanish flag.

Lee Point artificial reefs

Bottlewasher Reef

Type: decommissioned coke bottle washing machine and various plant equipment plus 1,500 tonnes of concrete culverts.

Approximate position: 12 18.159'S 130 51.765'E

Approximate depth: 15m

Common species: jewfish, golden snapper, estuary cod, Spanish flag, mackerel.

Truck Tipper Reef

Type: 20 mining truck side tippers and two decommissioned steel vessels.

Approximate position: 12 17.979'S 130 50.370'E

Approximate depth: 15m

Common species: jewfish, golden snapper, estuary cod, Spanish flag.

Rick Mills Reef

Type: Assorted plant equipment, 1,500 tonnes of concrete culverts, five shipping containers and various vessel hulls.

Approximate position: 12 18.451'S 130 48.872'E

Approximate depth: 15m

Common species: jewfish, golden snapper, estuary cod, mackerel, Spanish flag.

Last updated: 13 October 2017