Tender launches for new artificial reef

The artificial reef in Bunbury. Picture: Recfishwest
The artificial reef in Bunbury. Picture: Recfishwest

THE $1 million artificial reef to be built off Ocean Reef Marina is one step closer with today’s release of the tender for design, construction and installation.

The project aims to create good recreational fishing and diving opportunities without people having to travel long distances.

It will be built 7km west of Ocean Reef Marina after consultation through Recfishwest, making it easily accessible from the Hillarys, Ocean Reef and Mindarie marinas.

It will be at least 1000 cubic metres, with the exact layout, size and design to be determined through the tender and relevant approvals process.

The artificial reef in Dunsborough. Picture: Recfishwest

Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly said the reef was expected to become home to a range of fish species, including samson fish, silver trevally, pink snapper and breaksea cod.

“Artificial reefs not only enhance fish diversity, which can then be enjoyed by recreational fishers and divers, but also benefit local businesses, with the reef attracting more visitors to the area,” he said.

The tender closes on July 5, with the reef expected to be in place by early 2020.

The project is being funded from recreational fishing licence fees.

It will be the seventh purpose-built artificial reef to be installed in WA over the past seven years, with reefs already off Dunsborough, Bunbury, Mandurah, Rottnest Island, Esperance and Exmouth.