A VIDEO showing an artificial reef in Brisbane's Moreton Bay is giving local anglers and divers a glimpse of what's in store for Hervey Bay.

National Parks Minister Steve Dickson announced last week the State Government was investing $1.5 million in the construction of strong, low-maintenance, purpose-built concrete reef modules in the Great Sandy Marine Park between now and June 2016.

"We expect divers to see interesting creatures around the structures within months of completion and fishing should have improved substantially within 18 months," he said. 

Queensland Seafood Industry Association director Elaine Lewthwaite said the reef would be perfect for family fishing trips from the Urangan Boat Harbour.

"I congratulate the working group for the positive approach that has delivered a great outcome for enhancement of the already diverse marine life important to commercial and recreational fishing in the Great Sandy Marine Park," she said.

 Hervey Bay Boat Club president George Duck said the area needed more artificial reefs and welcomed the announcement.

"The Roy Rufus Artificial Reef East of Big Woody Island is testament to the success of artificial reefs in our area, with thousands of divers and angler visitors throughout the year attracted by the huge numbers and variety of fish," he said.

"Boat club members, especially dive and fishing club members, will be thrilled to hear about the chosen locations for the proposed artificial reefs."

The 80-hectare Simpson Reef will be built in waters 10m deep near the Outer Banks and the Hardie Reef will be built at a depth of 16m north-east of Little Woody Island.
The 80-hectare Simpson Reef will be built in waters 10m deep near the Outer Banks and the Hardie Reef will be built at a depth of 16m north-east of Little Woody Island. Contributed