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Government of Western Australia - Department of Fisheries
Monday 2 July 2018

Community spirit helps build reef modules for new fishing mecca

  • ​Volunteers speed up the completion of over 120 modules for Esperance artificial reef
  • Almost $600,000 in funding from recreational fishing licence fees and regional grants
  • The reef will be deployed about five kilometres south-east of Bandy Creek boat ramp

Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly has praised volunteers of the Esperance Fishing Club who rolled up their sleeves to help pour concrete to construct 128 modules for the new Esperance Artificial Reef.

The construction of the modules was overseen by WA artificial reef specialists Subcon. The modules are now stacked at the Bandy Creek slipway, near the Esperance Deep Sea Fishing Club, ready for an expected deployment in August and September this year.

The network of reef modules, with their varying shapes and sizes, will create more than 11,400 square metres of fish habitat. This is an undersea area equivalent to five Olympic-sized swimming pools or twice the size of the Ports Football Oval in Esperance.

More than half of the funding, $300,000, for this exciting new artificial reef has come from recreational fishing licence fees, through the State Government's Recreational Fishing Initiatives Fund (RFIF). A further funding contribution of $295,000 has come from the State Government's Regional Grants Scheme, administered by the Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission.

The project is supported by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and Recfishwest.

Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly

"It is wonderful to see that the new Esperance Artificial Reef is already bringing the local community together in a positive way.

"Enthusiasm for the artificial reef has come from passionate local fishers who are looking forward to the specially-designed habitat attracting local fish species like queen snapper, samson fish, breaksea cod and skippy.

"This project is another example of recreational fishing licence money going back into projects to enhance recfishing experiences in WA.

"Once established and providing new habitat for a range of fish species, the Esperance Artificial Reef will offer a safe and convenient area for local fishing opportunities."

Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan

"This project has provided a real boost for the Esperance economy, with all construction materials and labour procured locally.

"The innovative artificial reef will be a major addition to the tourism product for this stunning part of our South Coast."

Fisheries Minister's office: 6552 6100

Regional Development Minister's office: 6552 6200

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