There is increasing demand throughout the Gulf for dredging projects to offset impacts on important marine habitats. Many dredging permits now require some form of artificial reef offset.
Reef Arabia has the reef units and expertise to help you through this process and create the most cost effective offset for your dredging project. We have worked with a number of different environment agencies in the Gulf with regard to dredging permits and mitigation plans and understand the process well.
We are the first and only company in the Gulf to offer a reef unit called a ‘ridge module’ that is specifically designed for dredge mitigation and it replaces the natural caprock ridges found in the Gulf that are removed or buried by dredging.
Artificial reefs for dredge mitigation can be designed to increase fish stocks, replace reef structure or caprock removed by the dredging (or reclamation) or to provide suitable substrate for corals to colonise or be transplanted out of the dredge zone on to.
The reef can be constructed near the project location or it may be more beneficial for the reefs to be constructed in a designated artificial reef zone so that they add to and expand a national artificial reef program. When selecting sites, one of the criteria we check is future development and impacts on water quality as we want to make sure the reefs are not threatened by future works.