Recreational fishers across the South East NSW will soon be able to cast a line into the South Coast’s first artificial reef, which has been unloaded and prepared for its final resting spot in Merimbula Bay.
In a media release issued today Member for Bega, Andrew Constance said this is a huge win for our local community and will provide a significant boost to local tourism.
“I have worked closely with our recreational fishing community to see this reef delivered and I can’t wait to get out on the boat and cast a line with them,” Mr Constance said.
“The $1.1M project has been funded from the NSW Recreational Fishing Trust, following extensive advocacy from the Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club Inc. which put in a submission for the reef to be built off Merimbula.
“The reef is located 2.5km southeast of the Merimbula estuary entrance in approximately 32 metres water depth.
“The reef is now 50% complete with the final components expected to be installed Wednesday, September 19, weather permitting.
“With this reef and another still to come in the Eurobodalla we are ensuring that the South Coast is a premier fishing destination,” Mr Constance said.
“This is a win for locals and tourists alike and I encourage everyone to get some tackle and get out on our amazing waters.”
“The artificial reef will consist of two very large 'pinnacle' style reef units that have been specially designed for the Merimbula region.
“Each unit weighs up to 90 tonnes and stands 12 metres high and are designed to withstand very large coastal storms while providing excellent habitat for a wide range of fish species common to the region.
“The assembly of the artificial reef 'towers' was undertaken locally in Eden bringing more dollars back into the region,” Mr Constance said.
“Artificial reefs have been extremely effective in creating productive fish habitats that attract a diverse range of species and we expect the fish community will rapidly develop on the new reef for people to test them out for themselves.”
Below: Large cylinders built into the modules are partially filled with air to allow the 90 tonne structures to be 'floated' then towed to the artificial reef site where they will each be individually 'sunk' at their final position on the seafloor.