Consultation on artificial reef for northern suburbs starts in August

A reef module from the Dunsborough Artificial Reef. Picture: Recfishwest
A reef module from the Dunsborough Artificial Reef. Picture: Recfishwest

RECREATIONAL fishers and the general public can have a say on plans for a $1 million artificial reef for the northern suburbs from Wednesday.

Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly invited recfishers and community members in Perth’s northern suburbs to take part in public consultation from August 1 that will help determine where the State Government locates the artificial reef.

“The new northern artificial reef will not only enhance fishing experiences for recreational fishers, but like the other artificial reefs established or in development around WA, it will also be a drawcard for tourists,” he said.

“Artificial reefs provide quality fishing opportunities and help fishers avoid having to travel excessive distances or venture into rough waters.”

The first stage of consultation will include information nights at fishing clubs in August to explain how artificial reef designs work and mapping of initial constraints, as well a survey.

In September, the second phase of consultation will focus on determining the community’s preferred location and include an online survey.

The first information session will be at Ocean Reef Sea Sports Club on Wednesday, August 1 from 8pm, and the second will be at Hillarys Yacht Club on Thursday, August 2 from 7.30pm.

Funding will come from recreational fishing licence fees through the Recreational Fishing Initiatives Fund.

Visit www.recfishwest.org.au for more information, including future information nights.