DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
PETER T. YOUNG, CHAIRPERSON
Phone: (808) 587-0401
Fax: (808) 587-0390
For Immediate Release:
DLNR Adds Concrete Fish Habitats
HONOLULU— The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) today added approximately 2,500 “Z” shaped modular fish habitats to its Maunalua Bay Artificial Reef, located off of Kahala, O‘ahu today, Wednesday, November 29.
The modules, constructed from concrete by Pioneer Machinery, Inc. were loaded onto an American Marine barge and deployed in 60-80 feet of water. Each “Z”-shaped form measures eight feet long by four feet wide with 12-inch legs at each end facing in opposite directions.
Numerous studies have shown that artificial reefs are effective at enhancing reef habitat, thus increasing fish biomass and species diversity within the reef site. Artificial reefs are key components in fisheries enhancement, as well as a substrate for the settlement of coral polyps (coral growth). Artificial reefs are also attractive SCUBA and snorkel dive sites.
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