South Coast to receive artificial reef by 2018
Merimbula reef will be one of five offshore artificial reefs deployed over the next three years.
Other offshore artificial reefs along the NSW coastline include Port Macquarie and Port Botany.
Providing high-quality fishing for recreational fishers, the artificial reefs are constructed from a series of steel or concrete modules, which are non-polluting and have a minimum design-life of 30 years.
NSW Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair said the artificial reefs would boost local economies and fishing tourism along the NSW coastline.
“Existing reefs off Sydney, Shoalhaven, and Port Macquarie have become hot spots and Sydneysiders won’t be waiting much longer for more great fishing with a fourth reef to be installed at Port Hacking by July this year,” Mr Blair said.
“Over 50 different species of fish have been identified on the current offshore artificial reefs which show just how effective they are in boosting fish habitats.”
Member for Bega Andrew Constance said the artificial reef would be a great addition to local waters.
“On the South Coast alone we know the recreational fishing sector helps generate about 1800 full-time jobs and about $395 million in economic output each year; this will only continue to expand the industry here,” Mr Constance said.
Following the tender and construction process, the reef is expected to be installed and ready by 2018.