Port Macquarie Artificial Reef On Track
Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams today announced that work has begun on the development of the $900,000 offshore artificial reef, to be built off the coast of Port Macquarie.
Mrs Williams said the Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson, announced the Port Macquarie offshore artificial reef is the third to be built by the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government since 2011.
“The offshore artificial reef will boost tourism for the Port Macquarie area, which is already a recreational fishing hotspot in the region.”
“The reef is expected to sit in the water about 30 metres deep and once established it will attract iconic fish species such as spanish mackerel, cobia, pear perch and snapper,” Mrs Williams said.
“The Department of Primary Industries has commenced preparation of an environmental assessment for the development of the recreational fishing reef.
“The first crucial step involves identifying a number of potential sites for the deployment of the reef.
“Mapping of over 10km of coastline between Tacking Point and Point Plomer is currently being conducted to investigate current constraints and usage in the area.”
Mrs Williams said there will also be an opportunity for members of the community to have their say on the location of the reef.
“Extensive consultation with recreational, commercial and other interested stakeholders is scheduled to commence in June.”
“The Port Macquarie offshore artificial reef is being implemented using funds from the Recreational Fishing Trusts, and is another example of the NSW Government reinvesting money from the sale of the NSW Recreational Fishing Fee to benefit fishers,” Mrs Williams said.
For more information, visit www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fisheries/recreational/saltwater/artificial-reefs
Posted on 3 Tue, June, 2014
by Leslie Williams