Support for artificial reef
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.
An artificial reef could be coming to the northern suburbs.