New artificial reef announced for Carnarvon

Golden trevally. Image: Patrick Linehan

RECREATIONAL fishers and visitors to Carnarvon will soon be able to enjoy a unique and easily accessible artificial reef.

The project has received $300,000 in funding from the stat government through the Recreational Fishing Initiatives Fund.

The location of the nearshore reef will be determined through consultation with the recreational fishing sector, with a requirement that the reef be accessible for families using small boats.

The public consultation and tender process for the design and construction of the Carnarvon reef will be will commence in mid-2020, in consultation with Recfishwest.

The Carnarvon reef will be the eighth purpose-built artificial reef in Western Australian waters, with reefs already in place at Bunbury, Dunsborough, Rottnest Island, Mandurah, Exmouth, Esperance and another coming in 2020 to the metropolitan area.

A successful tender was recently awarded to Subcon for the metropolitan artificial reef, which is expected to be deployed off Ocean Reef in the first half of next year.

Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly said this project has strong community support and will provide a new, enjoyable and safe fishing activity, and add to the diverse array of fishing experiences on offer around Carnarvon.

“Artificial reefs not only provide great fishing opportunities, but also support local businesses and regional jobs by attracting more visitors to the area and increasing participation in recreational fishing.”

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