Font size





Department of the Environment installs vertipools in the harbour

In order to increase the biodiversity found on marine infrastructures, the Department is now installing artificial rock pools on harbour walls. These structures, called vertipools, have been developed by the UK company Artecology based in the Isle of Wight. The vertipools are being installed by the Department’s Environmental Research & Protection Unit (EPRU) together with the Scientific Dive team following a consultation process with the Small Boats Marina Committee and the Gibraltar Port Authority. Both entities have been very keen supporters of the project since its inception.

Vertipools are a simple yet versatile solution for creating new wildlife habitat and can help deliver ecological gains in the urban marine environment such as ports, marinas and harbours otherwise known as grey infrastructure. They increase the substrate available for colonisation by marine species and provide rock pools habitats in what otherwise are plain vertical walls with little biodiversioty.

The initial installation of vertipools in the Small Boats Marina is the first installation of its kind in the Mediterranean with additional units to be installed in the North Mole over the coming weeks. The Department’s Scientific Dive Team will be monitoring the colonisation of marine life on these structures in the months ahead and will be providing updates on its findings through its social media platforms as part of its ‘Greening the Grey’ campaign.

Minister for Environment John Cortes commented “This is a very simple way of enriching marine life in ports and marinas. While no substitute for a natural rocky shoreline, it certainly serves to improve biodiversity in areas which would otherwise be poor in marine species. I am very pleased that Gibraltar is the first Mediterranean location for these structures, and I hope other ports will follow suit."

Other similar articles


New Nature Reserve Website

February 14, 2023

The Gibraltar Nature Reserve launch its official website


The acclaimed author of the Game of Thrones series, George RR Martin inspired by the Rock of Gibraltar

February 10, 2023

"My inspiration was the Rock of Gibraltar", tells George RR Martin in reference to the home of the Lannisters, Casterly Rock.


New Interpretation Panels highlight our medieval history

November 01, 2022

The Ministry for Heritage is pleased to announce that three new interpretation panels have been placed within our Old Town in order to provide information on our Medieval History, namely our

Sign up for special travel offers, competitions and updates:

* indicates required

Gibraltar Tourist Board will use the information you provide on this form to be in touch with you and to provide updates and travel offers. You can change your mind at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in the footer of any email you receive from us, or by contacting us at or +350 200 74950. By clicking below, you agree that we may process your information in accordance with these terms.We use Mailchimp as our marketing platform. By clicking below to subscribe, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to Mailchimp for processing. Learn more about Mailchimp's privacy practices.

Back to Main Menu

Image of Close Icon

Get your personal Gibraltar travel guide

Download the SmartGuide app now to get started.
Image of Smart Guide

Image of Download on the App Store Image of Get it on Google Play