Artificial Reefs

North Bali Reef Conservation needs your support to help with the construction and deployment of our artificial reef. As part of our coral reef restoration program you will be able to build personalised artificial reef structures and then deploy them directly onto the reef restoration zone. Those with at least a PADI Open Water Diver certification will be able to take part in our weekly deployment dives where we position the structures underwater. North Bali Reef Conservation also offers an opportunity to learn to dive and become PADI certified alongside our reef restoration program at an additional cost.

constructing artificial reef structures

At North Bali Reef Conservation we are constructing an ongoing artificial reef where the natural reef has been destroyed. We are working with the members of the YBS fishermen team to help us construct and deploy these structures. This has created sustainable jobs within the local community and also provides fishermen with alternative incomes that would have otherwise been generated from extracting resources from the sea.

As a reef conservation organisation, our current main focus is building artificial reefs. We build and deploy many different designs of artificial reef units to provide a varied habitat for an optimal number of species. With help from local fishermen, we frequently deploy these units onto an area of previously destroyed reef, where they will provide new habitats for marine life. So far, we have built and deployed over 7000 artificial reef structures.

building artificial reef structures

Between the fragmented natural reefs along the Tianyar coastline are barren sandy plateaus which provide no habitat for fish or coral.  North Bali Reef Conservation’s artificial reef has been deployed in one of these gaps between two natural reefs to reconnect the two isolated populations. The structures act as a substrate for coral larvae to attach while also providing a link between natural reef patches, improving connectivity by allowing individuals to move safely from one coral patch to another. Both structures facilitate coral growth and provide suitable egg laying habitats for reef fish while fish domes also provide protection from predators.