Member for Bega Andrew Constance is asking the community to show support for construction and funding of an artificial reef for Eurobodalla.
Mr Constance said the Eurobodalla Recreational Fishing Action Group (ERFAG) has prepared a submission to support a new Offshore Artificial Reef to be situated off the coast of the Eurobodalla between Batemans Bay and Moruya.
“The reef would be designed specifically to attract up to 50 different species of fish providing a long term sustainable boost to the local habitats.
“They are constructed from a series of steel or concrete modules, which are non-polluting, have a minimum design-life of 30 years and can withstand 1-in 100-year storm event,” said Mr Constance.
“I want to see this happen for our region, so I am calling on the community to get behind this petition and support ERFAG in their endeavour to future proof our recreational fishing.
“Adam Martin, President of the Tomakin Fishing Club has been the driving force behind this proposal and I am pleased to be supporting his push for this amazing piece of infrastructure.
“By digitally signing the petition, it will allow me to submit the results to the Hon. Niall Blair Minister for Primary Industries to support an application for funding,” Mr Constance said.
Above: At depth of 45 metres, the Port Macquarie offshore artificial reef is the deepest reef built by DPI - Fisheries to date and 6 months after construction large numbers of schooling Spotted Bigeye (Priacanthus macracanthus) are colonising the reef.
This is a simple petition, that will help highlight the importance of recreation fishing to our region and I urge everyone to take just 2 minutes to complete it and help get the message out there prior to 19 June. Media Release