Sup­port for ar­ti­fi­cial reef

Wanneroo Times - - Front Page - Lucy Jarvis

A $1 mil­lion ar­ti­fi­cial reef is on the cards for the north­ern sub­urbs, with the State Gov­ern­ment plan­ning to con­sult the fish­ing com­mu­nity to de­ter­mine where it should go.

The reef would be one of 11 recre­ational fish­ing projects worth al­most $2 mil­lion funded through fish­ing li­cence rev­enue in the lat­est round of the recre­ational fish­ing ini­tia­tives fund.

“We’ve asked WA fish­ers where they want their li­cence money spent and ar­ti­fi­cial reefs con­tin­u­ally come out to­wards the top of the list,” Fish­eries Min­is­ter Dave Kelly said.

“Ar­ti­fi­cial reefs can pro­vide qual­ity fish­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to help fish­ers avoid hav­ing to travel ex­ces­sive dis­tances or ven­tur­ing into rough wa­ters.”

The City of Wan­neroo will ask the Min­is­ter to con­sider build­ing the ar­ti­fi­cial reef in the wa­ters off the City’s 32km coast­line.

Mayor Tracey Roberts said wa­ters off Min­darie pre­sented an op­por­tu­nity for such a reef, given the avail­abil­ity of boat­ing fa­cil­i­ties and lo­cal fish­ing cul­ture.

Mr Kelly said the reef was part of the State Gov­ern­ment’s elec­tion com­mit­ment to en­sure 25 per cent of rec­fish­ing li­cence money went back into the sec­tor.

Visit rec­fish­west.org.au.

An ar­ti­fi­cial reef could be com­ing to the north­ern sub­urbs.

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