Artificial reefs put together environmental and social benefits
Among the several ways developed by ArcelorMittal Tubarão to reuse LD slag, the Artificial Reefs Project has gained importance for putting together the management of co-products and an action to preserve bio-diversity and help fishing communities.
The initiative includes the placement of hundreds of artificial reefs, built in the shape of pyramids, using LD slag along the coast of Espirito Santo in the municipality of Serra. Over time these pieces are colonized by algae, clams, sponges, plants and other species which help increase the number of fish, octopus and lobsters in the area.
Created by the Ecos Institute, the project has the partnership of ArcelorMittal Tubarão, which supplies the slag and gives support on how to handle it. Other partners are Sebrae, Serra Town Hall, Serra municipality V-11 fishing community and Agriculture, Supply, Aquiculture and Fishing Secretariat. Besides placing the slag pyramids, the project also includes social education and income generation projects for the community.