Artificial Reef being made in Marlborough Sounds

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An artifical reef is being created in the Malrborough Sounds.

This week a boatload of mussel shells was sunken off Marlborough’s shores. The idea is to create a reef that will help revive marine life and a multimillion-dollar industry.

A total of 12 tonnes of shells have been dropped in the Pelorus Sound/Te Hoiere. The hope is to restore mussel beds wiped out by overfishing in the past 50 years.

Once upon a time the mussel industry generated between $10 million to $30m. But it has now become uneconomical to maintain.

The reefs would be researched for two years, with the outcomes reported in a scientific study.

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