New artificial reef in UK could boost marine life

by Owen James

British surfers might not be the only ones to benefit from a new £3 million artificial reef being built off the coast of Dorset.

According to The Guardian’s report on the reef:

In the coming months the reef, the size of a football pitch and made of dozens of huge specially-designed bags pumped full of sand, will take shape on the sandy seabed starting at 210 metres off the beach at Boscombe. Surfers are due to start catching the first artificially boosted waves by the end of October.

Marine biologists are said to be keen, thinking the structure might provide a haven for fish and crustaceans.

Bags of sand don’t sound like a particularly rich wildlife habitat, but it’s probably better than nothing. With a bit of luck, surfers will be needing to watch out for weaverfish underfoot by 2009.

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