Recfishwest welcomes the announcement today from Fisheries Minister Ken Baston that reveals the location for a new artificial reef destined for Mandurah waters that is 100% funded using recreational fishing licence money.
The Mandurah reef will be a carbon copy of the Bunbury and Dunsborough reefs which are already proving to be a hit with fishers. The 30 purpose built concrete reef modules have already been constructed and deployment is scheduled for this summer. Each of the 3 x 3 m concreate cubes weigh 10 tons.
Recfishwest Chief Executive Officer Dr Andrew Rowland said the preferred location was carefully selected in consultation with the Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club, the Port Bouvard Fishing Club as well as various community stakeholders.
“The local fishing community has real ownership of this development and has provided expert advice so that this new reef maximises fishing opportunities for everyone in the region.” Dr Rowland said.
“The Mandurah reef will be 8km from shore in an area easily accessible for families with small boats leaving from either the Mandurah Estuary mouth or the Dawesville Cut,” Dr Rowland said.
“Once deployed, the reef will develop into a complex marine habitat in a short time supporting a diverse fish community, which will provide new fishing opportunities for many iconic fish species including snapper, skippy and Samson fish,”
“The new Mandurah reef will add to the two reefs already installed in Geographe Bay, and the two steel reef units that are in the pipeline for installation off the metro coast next year.” Dr Rowland said
“Recfishwest and the wider fishing public are extremely pleased that recreational fishing licence money is being reinvested into projects that enhance the recreational fishing experience,”
“These types of projects are highly valued by the community.” Dr Rowland said.