'Arty' keeps growing
THE FISH at Roy Rufus Artificial Reef east of Big Woody Island must have thought they were under attack on the weekend as more than 70 large concrete pipes cascaded down from above.
The old pipes were the latest instalment for the artificial reef which local fishing clubs hope will turn the area into an angler’s paradise.
A team of volunteers from Wide Bay Water and Advance Civil delivered the concrete pipes on Saturday to Urangan Harbour where they were loaded on the Fraser Dawn barge.
The barge took about 30 minutes to go around the top of Big Woody Island to the artificial reef and to the designated location marked by a buoy placed by Boat Club Dive Club members.
Saturday’s drop-off completes the permit obtained by Hervey Bay Artificial Reef Association to deposit objects at the reef site.
The Roy Rufus Artificial Reef was started in 1968 and since then five large vessels, two small barges, more than 3000 cars, 800 tonnes of concrete, 12,000 car tyres and a jib crane have been dropped over an area 2.4km by 1.6km along the eastern side of Big Woody Island.
Many of the items have since disintegrated or been covered with sand and silt and need to be replaced.
Fishermen have reported good catches at the artificial reef, however, one of their concerns is that when they hook a big fish it invariably goes inside a pipe and that’s the end of the story.
A call for old concrete pipes by the artificial reef group was so successful that the group now has a surplus supply which it can tap into.
Therefore, the group is now applying for a new permit to further develop the reef.