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An underwater view of fish swimming around an existing artificial reef
This new artificial reef will offer tourists and locals an alternative fishing in the safety of Exmouth Gulf.
Wednesday 16 May 2018

Fishing licence fees help create an Exmouth artificial reef

The location for Exmouth's new Integrated Artificial Reef (IAR) has been announced.

The new $1 million artificial reef will be one of Australia’s largest and will be located near the Exmouth Boat Harbour inside Exmouth Gulf, providing the community with new, safe and accessible fishing opportunities.

More than 27,000 cubic metres of concrete and steel structures will be installed on the sandy bottom of the Exmouth Gulf. The project brings together world leading engineering solutions and science based habitat enhancement, all to benefit recreational fishing. 

The Exmouth reef differs in both size and design to WA’s other artificial reefs. A mixture of recycled steel integrated with concrete will form the reef’s 58 modules, which will range in height from one metre to 10 metres and laid out across two acres on the ocean floor.

The Exmouth reef is funded by recreational licence fees through the Recreational Fishing Initiatives Fund (RFIF), and supported by BHP and National Energy Resource Australia.

25 per cent of recreational licences fees goes to the RFIF for investment back into the sector.

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