ABC TV’s Landline program recently featured the Department’s proposal to develop artificial reefs.
WA’s growing population and an increase in the number of fly-in, fly-out workers are being seen as partly responsible for a reduction in fish species frequently targeted by recreational fishers.
Managing fish stocks is not just about cutting; we are constantly looking for opportunities to actually build stock. Countries such as Japan, China and Korea have already shown that artificial reefs have the potential to do just that. The reefs also offer the advantage of being deployed in areas relatively close to boat ramps, providing a safer and more productive experience for fishers.
There are plans in place to build two prototype artificial reefs in Geographe Bay in the State’s south-west. We are currently seeking State and Commonwealth approval for the proposed sites which have been selected to avoid any impact on sensitive coral or seagrass beds.
The pilot project will be jointly funded through the Royalties for Regions program and from revenue raised through the recreational boat fishing licence. The Government hopes mining companies will also come to the table and help fund future artificial reefs.
View the Landline story in full.
Further information about artificial reefs.