Muscat: As part of the project launched by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and The Wave, Muscat to support the fishing community in the wilayats of Seeb and Bausher, a total of 60 purpose-built artificial reefs were placed on the seabed at 20 locations on 6 January, 2014.
The locations were chosen based on the sea depth and solidity of the sea bottom to ensure the stability and sustainability of the reefs. The artificial reefs, named Arabic Pyramids after their shape, are manufactured with the latest marine technology and are the first of their kind to be used in the Sultanate.
Each artificial reef is 1.8m high and 2.5m wide and weighs about 1.4 tonne each. The 60 units were placed at a depth of more than 15m; covering 40,000-square-metre of area located about 5km east off the Almouj Marina.
1.4 tonne each
Hawazen Esber, the CEO of The Wave, Muscat, said: "This project reflects The Wave, Muscat's belief about the importance of CSR and partnership with various organisations in the society. These artificial reefs will play an essential part in promoting marine environment and marine tourism in the area."
Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Busaidi, wali of Seeb, said: "This is a blessed collaborative venture between The Wave, Muscat and the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries to create this farm of the artificial reefs which will serve the fishermen of both the wilayats. We hope such developmental projects will continue to serve other parts of the country."
Salim bin Darwish Al Hasani, the Director of the Fisheries Department at Seeb, pointed out: "This outstanding project has been implemented after a comprehensive study and coordination with the concerned bodies to ensure success during deployment process of the reefs so that they sufficiently serve the marine environment and fishing community in Seeb and Bausher."