Artificial Reefs: A Brief History

Activity: Disseminating Research Invited talk


Part of Decommissioning in the context of ‘Foresight Future of the Sea’ Session [SUT] in the Decommissioning Zone


Artificial Reefs are not a new idea. Primitive man noticed fish aggregating around branches and rocks in rivers. This presentation will give a brief overview of Artificial Reefs; their functions and uses, starting with the concept of Fish Aggregation Devices (FADs) and finishing with Rigs-to-reefs. It will cover some of the biological and economic benefits of artificial reefs and provide an insight into their use globally.
The content is not intended to be controversial but rather inspire some food for thought…
Period5 Sept 2019
Event titleSPE Offshore Europe Conference and Exhibition 2019
Event typeConference
LocationAberdeen, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Artificial reefs
  • Rigs to reefs