NEW reef-like structures that will establish ecosystems and support the fishing industry have been placed in Weymouth Harbour.
The sea hives were set up underwater in Weymouth harbour, suspended from the pleasure jetty.
They are designed to resemble the marine environment and encourage the natural behavior of fish and other marine life. It is hoped that they will establish new ecosystems in the harbor and, in the longer term, support Weymouth’s fishing industry.
They are made from recycled fishing nets and plastic bottles, and are molded to make hexagonal tubes – providing habitat for marine life.
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The installation was completed in April and the evolution of the ecosystem will be monitored over the months and years to come. It is hoped that one day the Sea Hives will be accessible by snorkel and visible through a small viewing platform on the pier.
Cllr Mark Roberts, Chairman of Dorset Council’s Harbor Committee, said: ‘We are really looking forward to watching the changing ecology of sea beehives and the wider benefits they can bring to Weymouth Harbour. They provide a tangible example of the ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ message and we are proud to be part of this exciting project. »
The Sea Hives project was jointly funded by a National Lottery Community Fund grant of £3,790 awarded to Dorset Council’s Weymouth Harbor Team and £2,000 by SEA LIFE Weymouth. Weymouth City Council has also contributed £2,000 for new benches and information boards on the pleasure pier which will use artwork created by fifth year pupils from Conifers Primary School.
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David Francis of Sea Hives Ltd, said: “Weymouth Pleasure Jetty is an ideal location for suspended sea hives, providing both a stable environment and a good supply of nutrient rich water from Weymouth Bay. These factors are vital for the marine life that seeks protection in the shelters, as well as for the important filter-feeding animals that settle on their surface and pioneer the development of new ecosystems.
“The plan is to capture footage of sea life as it begins to colonize and occupy sea hives and share it with the local community and schools to demonstrate how the project benefits the local environment.”