Tender for huge coastal development in Bahrain due

Project will see 15,000 artificial reefs laid off the Kingdom's coast

These artificial reefs were laid in Phuket to help attract sea-life to the area. Photo by Getty.
These artificial reefs were laid in Phuket to help attract sea-life to the area. Photo by Getty.

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A project to lay some 15,000 artificial reefs in the coast around Bahrain is set to be tendered within the next month, officials from the Fisheries and Marine Resources Directorate said.

The four-year project being launched by the directorate aims to revive the kingdom’s marine wildlife and its declining fishing industry, Gulf Daily News reports on Sunday.

Jassim Al Qaseer, director of the marine agency, told the paper: "We have completed a survey for the area and we are now planning the financial and administration procedures for the tender.”

The concrete reefs are shaped like domes and pyramids and will be positioned close to natural reefs in three areas off the country’s coast, Al Qaseer said.

"We will deposit about 15,000 reefs - about 5,000 in each area.

"It will take years before the artificial reef becomes settled but fish will come in this area and where there are small fish there will be big fish and this is a way of rehabilitating fish stocks," he told the paper.

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