Last week marked a very special occasion for the community of Esperance as their long-held dream of an artificial reef close to town has been realised.
Cooper Reef, named after local community champion Graham Cooper was deployed!
Watch the video below to see some deployment footage from last week.
Who is Graham?
Graham is an inaugural member of the Esperance Deep Sea Angling Club and is one of the driving forces to getting a new reef for his community.
Graham has also played a huge role in the fishing safety space by educating almost 10,000 school students on the south coast about fishing safety over the last decade. Graham has also been instrumental in leading fishing safety initiatives in Esperance, Ravensthorpe and Hopeton by pushing for public safety equipment, such as Angel Rings, Rock Anchor Points, to be installed at high risk fishing locations along the south coast.
Graham is also a Recfishwest lifejacket ambassador for our Fish and Survive campaign. Graham remains the Chairperson of the South East Coast Recreational Fishing Council and still enjoys fishing for demersal species around the islands after many years.
We’re proud to have been a part of this project from the beginning, however full credit must go to the tireless team of local volunteers who made this vision a reality.
Read about the local story in the Esperance Express here.
To read more about the construction process and see the first initial video, click here.