Recreational fishers and divers will soon be able to enjoy a new artificial reef off the coast of Tweed Heads.
The NSW Government is investing $1.1 million towards construction of the reef, which should be completed by the end of 2019 – although an exact site is yet to be decided, and will be announced following public consultation and a tender process.
NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Niall Blair said it would be a major draw-card for local fishers and visitors.
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“The reef will use an innovative state-of-the-art design which deflects currents to create eddies and up-swellings which provide intricate habitats for a variety of fish species and marine life.
“More than 50 different species of fish have been identifies on our current offshore artificial reefs – including yellowtail kingfish, snapper and mulloway – which shows just how effective they are in boosting fish habitats,” Mr Blair said.
The Department of Primary Industries will undertake extensive consultation with relevant stakeholders to make sure the reefs have a minimal impact on existing users.
Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest said he believed the reef would be a major asset for the region, with fishing one of the area’s most popular recreational activities.
“The reef’s location will be discussed and agreed upon by local anglers but will be in close proximity to boat ramps, where there is currently no natural reef,” said Mr Provest.