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Aspendale Rec Reef

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Inside Port Phillip Night Dive Site Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site Spearfishing Site

Depth: 11 m (36 ft)

Level: Open Water and beyond.

Aspendale Rec Reef is an artificial reef located inside Port Phillip approximately 2 kilometres out from Aspendale shore created with the aim of improving recreational fishing opportunities and testing the reef's environmental suitability and performance as a fish habitat.

Description Latitude Longitude
Far North Pallet Ball 38° 02.152' S 145° 04.616' E
Far East Pallet Ball 38° 02.168' S 145° 04.636' E
Far South Pallet Ball 38° 02.184' S 145° 04.615' E
Far West Pallet Ball 38° 02.167' S 145° 04.596' E

See WillyWeather (Seaford) as a guide for the tide times and the height of the tide.

Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA) Boat Based Reefs in Port Phillip

The Port Phillip Boating Reefs in Port Phillip were installed with the aim of improving recreational fishing opportunities and testing the reefs'environmental suitability and performance as fish habitat. The three reefs are in a water depth of 11 metres, approximately 2 kilometres out from Aspendale, Seaford and Frankston. A public naming competition was held during Easter 2009.

The boat based artificial reefs are:

  • Aspendale Rec Reef — The reef at Aspendale is named Rec Reef to highlight the use of these reefs to improve recreational fishing.
  • Tedesco Reef Seaford — The reef at Seaford is named Tedesco Reef to pay tribute to Neil Tedesco who passed away on 16 April 2009 at age 31. Neil was a devoted fisher and diver and a true ambassador for these sports.
  • Yakka Reef Frankston — The reef at Frankston is named Yakka Reef after the growing number of people using kayaks in Port Phillip as an environmentally-friendly way to go fishing.

Port Phillip Boat Based Reefs
Port Phillip Boat Based Reefs | Source: Victorian Fisheries Authority

What Do The Reefs Look Like?

Each reef consists of 96 reef balls of different sizes (16 pallet balls, 56 bay balls and 24 mini-bay balls) placed in a specific geometric pattern over an area of 50 square metres.

The reef balls are dome-shaped concrete structures with a rough stony surface and a number of holes in them to attract marine life. The concrete mix is environmentally-friendly so there is no leaching of toxins and these structures have a life span of at least 300 years in the marine environment. They are not permanently fixed to the seabed allowing them to be repositioned or removed if deemed necessary.

Port Phillip Boat Based Reef Layout
Port Phillip Boat Based Reef Layout | Source: Victorian Fisheries Authority

See also, VFA: Boat Based Reefs,
Port Phillip Bay Recreational Fishing Reefs — May 2009.

Boon Wurrung / Bunurong country
Boon Wurrung / Bunurong country

Traditional Owners — This dive site is in the traditional Country of the Boon Wurrung / Bunurong people of the Kulin Nation. This truly ancient Country includes parts of Port Phillip, from the Werribee River in the north-west, down to Wilson's Promontory in the south-east, including the Mornington Peninsula, French Island and Phillip Island, plus Western Port. We wish to acknowledge the Boon Wurrung as Traditional Owners. We pay respect to their Ancestors and their Elders, past, present and emerging. We acknowledge Bunjil the Creator Spirit of this beautiful land, who travels as an eagle, and Waarn, who protects the waterways and travels as a crow, and thank them for continuing to watch over this Country today and beyond.


Aspendale Rec Reef Location Map

Latitude: 38° 2.168′ S   (38.036133° S / 38° 2′ 10.08″ S)
Longitude: 145° 4.616′ E   (145.076933° E / 145° 4′ 36.96″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 09:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2022-04-29 01:41:37 GMT
Source: Victorian Government GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Tyre Reef, 1,692 m, bearing 174°, S
Artificial reef installed to improve recreational fishing.
Aspendale, Port Phillip.
Depth: 11 m.

DISCLAIMER: No claim is made by The Scuba Doctor as to the accuracy of the dive site coordinates listed here. Should anyone decide to use these GPS marks to locate and dive on a site, they do so entirely at their own risk. Always verify against other sources.

The marks come from numerous sources including commercial operators, independent dive clubs, reference works, and active divers. Some are known to be accurate, while others may not be. Some GPS marks may even have come from maps using the AGD66 datum, and thus may need be converted to the WGS84 datum. To distinguish between the possible accuracy of the dive site marks, we've tried to give each mark a source of GPS, Google Earth, or unknown.


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