Fish Reef Project designs and deploys Fish Reef Units to enhance fish habitats by providing additional structure that can increase the production of fish and other aquatic organisms. Fish and other aquatic organisms are attracted to the new structures and begin to populate and breed in and around them. This in turn attracts more fish and aquatic life as a food chain develops.
Our designs create an up-welling effect, diverting colder, nutrient-rich water from the seabed up in the water column. This creates food for plankton and larval fish, which attracts small fish, which in turn attracts larger fish.
Each unique Fish Reef design creates complex spaces and habitats, with differences in light, shade and water flow, to encourage further colonization of marine organisms. The reef structures can be tailored to suit the requirements of specific target species such as rock lobster, abalone, demersal (living on or near the seafloor) or pelagic fin fish (living near to the surface or higher up in the water column).
Our current focus is on the Sea Cave Reef™ design. Sea Caves provide a unique elevated flat surface area ideal for large giant kelp hold fasts to grow. Larger hold fasts produce more strands of kelp, make a more dense kelp canopy and can withstand greater storm surge than small hold fasts.