Proposed Rockingham artificial reef

AN artificial reef proposed off Rockingham will be a boon for fishing enthusiasts.

A Recfishwest spokesman said the proposed location of the reef would be west of Garden Island and south of Rottnest Island in about 40m of water.

The reef would be made up of two towers, 12m high and 10m wide each. The towers would be made of steel and would weigh 55 tonnes each.

The aim of the reef would be to enhance metro fishing and create a close sports fishery while encouraging pelagic fish species like tuna, mackerel and mahi mahi to stick around. The reef would be designed and built in Henderson by Subcon.

The design would be an Australian first.

“It will complement the two current artificial reefs in the South-West and the recently announced Mandurah reef,” the spokesman said.

“The project is 100 per cent funded through recreational fishing licence money via the Recreational Fishing Initiatives Fund (RFIF).

Recfishwest hope the reef will be deployed off local waters mid next year.