State deploying 1,500 fish habitats at artificial reef
The state Department of Land and Natural Resources will deploy approximately 1,500 "Z"-shaped modular fish habitats Monday at Keawakapu Artificial Reef, about half-a-mile off Maui.
The operation is scheduled to begin around 9 a.m. and the public is asked to stay at least 300 yards away.
Keawakapu Artificial Reef was created in 1962 and stretches across approximately 52 acres. It includes about 150 cars, 2,250 tire modules, 35 concrete slabs, and one vessel, the "St. Anthony."
The modules will be deployed in 60 to 120 feet of water. Each "Z"-shaped form measures eight feet long by four feet wide, with 12-inch legs at each end facing in opposite directions, and weighs about 2,200 pounds.
"New coral and seaweed will grow on the forms, which will provide additional habitat to new communities of reef fish," said DLNR chairwoman Laura H. Thielen. "Artificial reefs increase potential fishing grounds for fishermen, and the cost to the state is minimal."