This paper summarizes artificial reef developments in Australia since the mid 1980's. Seven artificial reefs, each consisting of about 900 tetrahedron module units constructed from discarded motor vehicle tires, have been placed in South Australian waters since 1984 to enhance primary
production of colonizing organisms and to enhance catches of fish species of recreational importance. Similar reefs have also since been placed in other regions of Australia. Studies indicate that these reefs have increased both primary productivity and the number of fish available for recreational
fishers. Most artificial reefs placed in Australian waters have been for recreational use by either divers or anglers. To avoid conflict between these two user groups some of these reefs have been specifically designated for diver use and include underwater trails to assist divers with navigation.
The use of derelict vessels as artificial reefs in several Australian states is also discussed.
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