Deployment of southern Sydney’s artificial reef begins

Published: 3 Oct 2017

NSW’s largest offshore artificial reef in the waters off Port Hacking will provide new fishing opportunities for recreational fishers in Sydney.

The first concrete modules have been delivered to the site of John Dunphy Offshore Artificial Reef in Sydney’s south. When deployed, the reef will be the size of two football fields.

The specially-designed reef is expected to create an intricate habitat for a variety of fish species. Popular species, such as yellowtail kingfish, snapper and mulloway, have been identified on the Sydney offshore artificial reef off The Gap at Vaucluse.

Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair said the new reef would be a major attraction for the state’s one million recreational fishers.

“Our current reefs have over 50 species of fish and we expect this reef to attract even more,” Mr Blair said.

Artificial reefs are also planned off Wollongong, Newcastle and Jervis Bay.

Find out more about the offshore artificial reef in southern Sydney

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