THE second stage of an artificial reef installation at St Georges Basin on the NSW South Coast got underway this week.
“St George’s Basin is a very popular fishing location, and the completion of this redevelopment of the artificial reef will make it the largest artificial reef built for fishing in NSW,” said NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) Artificial Reefs Manager Heath Folpp.
“NSW DPI recreational fisheries managers will this week deploy the remaining artificial reef modules at the artificial reef site, bringing this four year project to an end.
“The NSW DPI has worked closely with researchers, fishers, community groups and other regulatory bodies to ensure the reef is best positioned to maximise its effectiveness,” Folpp said.
The St George’s Basin artificial reef was part of a pilot study program in 2007, consisting of 180 reef balls.
Once completed, an additional 600 Reef Balls will have been spaced over an area of four hectares, occupying approximately 650 m2 of seabed.
Artificial reefs in NSW are also located at Lake Conjola, Lake Macquarie, Botany Bay and Merimbula.
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