Artificial Reefs

BJI is planning to develop the Busselton Jetty Sculpture Reef with the installation of undersea objects beginning in January 2021 and continuing as objects are curated until the maximum number of permitted objects is reached.

The project will consist of up to 13 objects will be deployed onto the seabed, beneath Sections 7, 9 and 10 of Busselton Jetty in an area approximately 200m x 20m. The sculptures will rest at a maximum depth of 8 metres, rising to a height of about 5 metres deep, and be fabricated from reinforced concrete and steel. 

This project is in response to customer survey results, where thousands of people suggested the building of reef structures, including ‘artistic’ elements at the end of the Jetty to enhance visitor experience from the Underwater Observatory and the planned Australian Underwater Discovery Centre to be built in 2023. BJI look to incorporate a mix of undersea objects including Natural-looking objects, themed elements, artistic elements and educational signage.

BJI’s artificial reefs project will provide environmental benefits through providing additional hard seafloor habitat, which is naturally uncommon in Geographe Bay, where the seafloor habitat is predominantly seagrass meadows. We hope that the artificial reef further enhances the colonising ecological community that is already present under Busselton Jetty. 

BJI, as the approved permit holder for this project, will liaise with the City of Busselton and Department of Transport for object deployment to ensure approval for the final location, installation methods and processes are communicated as this information comes to hand. BJI’s close working relationship with the local environment departments of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and Fisheries will also ensure appropriate communication, notifications and input around the project.

These measures will ensure sound management of potential impacts, whilst maintaining the heritage and integrity of the jetty structure and surrounding marine environment. Busselton Jetty’s marine environment is one which has continuously experienced disturbance due to shipping, construction, natural disasters and tourism and we are confident that we can sustainably manage the impacts of installing the reef elements.

You can read more about how we will manage and monitor the underwater sculptures in our Environmental Management and Monitoring Plan.

We are also reaching out to academics and students who may like to collaborate on research projects. Please email our Environment Manager with your interest