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Port Macquarie offshore artificial reef deployed

Minister for Primary Industries, Lands and Water, Niall Blair, today announced the new $900,000 offshore artificial reef for Port Macquarie has been deployed and anglers could be catching fish off the reef within weeks.

Mr Blair was joined by Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams, to discuss the benefits of the reef deployed about six kilometres east off the Hastings River estuary.

“As a popular tourist destination, fishing is one of Port Macquarie’s most popular recreational activities – that is why it is so important we invest in infrastructure and programs to support this critical sector,” Mr Blair said.

“The NSW Government has now installed three offshore artificial reefs since 2011 – here at Port Macquarie, off Sydney and on the South Coast – which are great examples of how we are reinvesting the sale of recreational fishing licenses back into the recreational fishing sector.”

Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said that the installation of the artificial reef off Port Macquarie will support the region’s booming tourism industry.

“This reef is great news for the region’s fishers – it is the construction of regional infrastructure like this that will keep Port Macquarie one of the state’s best places to visit,” Ms Williams said.

The reef designed and fabricated by Subcon Technologies will consist of 20 large reinforced concrete modules, each five metres high that will make a 1600 cubic metre habitat for marine life to take up residence in.
The exact coordinates of the centre point for the new artificial reef are 31º25.044’ S (Latitude) and 152º58.950’E (Longitude) (WGS84 datum).

The fourth artificial reef will be installed off Port Botany, with planning underway for a fifth reef off the coast of NSW. Suggestions for the location of the fifth reef can be emailed to fisheries.enhancement@dpi.nsw.gov.au.

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