Artificial Reef on National TV News

Artificial reef at Tjuvholmen in Oslo

In Oslo, a big seafront development project sets a new standard in environmental consciousness by creating a large, artificial reef on the seabed. See the first images of it here!

Posted on Nov 25, 2009

The Tjuvholmen project, a $1.2 billion business and luxury appartment venture, not only cares about it's inhabitants on land.

The new city district is being built next to Oslo's already famous shopping and restaurant area Aker Brygge, just a stone's throw from the city hall.

Below the surface, a huge artificial reef has been placed on the seabed by the contractor. The reef consists of two hundred concrete structures, 360 cleaning reefs and about 1500 mussel ropes.

The artificial reef is made up of several different concrete structures arranged at the seabed just outside the Tjuvholmen development project. Even lobsters have already found their way to the hospitable reefs.

Together with underwater videographer Petter Schmedling I was hired by the projects PR consultants to photograph the reef.

Our task was to document the marine life that has gathered at the site, some months after the reef was deployed. We were impressed with what we found!

On and around the reef structures we observed lobster, crabs, urchins, nudibranchs, starfish, different gobies, cod and tunicates.

Two hundred concrete structures and 360 cleaning reefs are placed in groups of ten at the seabed, while 1500 mussel ropes hangs from the pier above.

Tonight, the story aired on the 9 o'clock evening news at TV2, Norway's biggest commercial broadcaster.

TV2 also put our a story on their website, featuring two of my images and Petter Schmedling's video footage of the artificial reef.

» Click here to read more and see the video

It is the hope of the contractor that the reef will become an attractive underwater environment, which will help keep the water clean and fresh.

Underwater videographer Petter Schmedling inspecting one of the pyramid-shaped concrete structures that in the future will give shelter to fish and other marine creatures.

The artificial reef project has gained significant media coverage, and there is already talk of extending this project to other seaside building projects in the future.

» Click here to read more about the Tjuvholmen reef project

In addition to help document the marine life, this was a fun and very different dive - and also unique in the sense that we dived in downtown Oslo!

» Click here to browse images of the artificial reef


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