Ar­ti­fi­cial reef for Ocean Reef

Joondalup Weekender - - News - Tyler Brown

PERTH’S new ar­ti­fi­cial reef will be con­structed off Ocean Reef Ma­rina af­ter pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion on the pro­posal.

The site, lo­cated 8 to 10km from shore, was cho­sen be­cause it was the most eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble from Hil­larys, Ocean Reef and Min­darie mari­nas.

The ex­act po­si­tion­ing, size and de­sign of the reef will be de­ter­mined af­ter the com­ple­tion of an in-wa­ter sur­vey and more con­sul­ta­tion with Rec­fish­west.

It is planned to be in place by early 2020.

Rec­fish­west op­er­a­tions man­ager Ley­land Camp­bell said they asked what recre­ational fish­ers wanted and con­sul­ta­tion showed Ocean Reef was “by far the pre­ferred lo­ca­tion for a pur­pose-built reef”.

“As long as recre­ational fish­ers keep ask­ing for pur­pose-built reefs, we will keep mak­ing them,” he said.

He said they would be look­ing to cre­ate the big­gest reef pos­si­ble with the avail­able fund­ing.

The reef will be pre­dom­i­nantly con­structed of con­crete mod­ules de­signed for mul­ti­ple species, in­clud­ing sam­son fish, sil­ver trevally, pink snap­per and break­sea cod, which will pro­vide qual­ity fish­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties without fish­ers need­ing to travel long dis­tances.

“These reefs cre­ate new habi­tat for fish and great new fish­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties,” Mr Camp­bell said.

“The reef will be placed in a depth per­fect for both divers and line fish­ers.”

Fish­eries Min­is­ter Dave Kelly thanked those who at­tended pub­lic meet­ings and com­pleted the on­line sur­vey to de­cide the lo­ca­tion.

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