21 April 2015
The community is being asked for input on the design and location for a new artificial reef off South Australia’s coastline.
The reef project is envisaged to boost recreational fishing and tourism opportunities in areas that have possibly been affected by the new marine parks. The new reef presents an exciting prospect for the recreational anglers and the community.
It will provide an opportunity to enhance the habitat for recreationally-important fish species and provide new fishing experiences for all, as well as improve the health and diversity of our unique marine environment.
If the reef proves to be successful, it will help with future decisions on fish habitat enhancements, which has the potential to provide a real boost to local communities. The aim is to get the public to assist in deciding the most appropriate design and location for the reef, bringing in the most up-to-date scientific knowledge to help assess and determine the best solution.
The artificial reef trial is being led by PIRSA, with a working group with representatives from environment, planning and tourism departments along with RecFish SA.
The community forum will discuss a range of artificial reef options and their benefits, with representations by Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA), the Department of Water, Environment and Natural Resources (DEWNR), Fisheries Victoria and RecFish SA.
All members of the public are welcome.
The forum will be held at the Adelaide Sailing Club on Wednesday, 6 May at 7pm.
For more information please visit www.pir.sa.gov.au/habitatenhancement