South Coast fish species NSW
Announced by NSW Fisheries Minister Katrina Hodgkinson at Shoalhaven Heads today, the reef will consist of between 20 and 40 concrete cubes. The complex is expected to be about 800 cubic metres in size with individual cubes measuring 4m in height and weighing up to 17 tonnes.
The reef will be situated in water about 30m deep in an area within easy access from Crookhaven Heads, Ms Hodgkinson said.
NSW Fisheries Minister Katrina Hodgkinson with local state MP Gareth Ward announcing the South Coast artificial reef project at Shoalhaven Heads.
The announcement of this new reef follows the successful deployment of various estuarine reef systems as well a steel reef structure off Sydney. That offshore reef is designed primarily for pelagic species like kingfish whereas the South Coast reef is aimed at demersal species such as snapper and mulloway.
The concrete cubes (shown in comparison to a human) which will be deployed off the South Coast.
Artificial reefs are used around Australia and internationally to provide extra habitat for fish and other marine species and are regarded as an ideal way to "compensate" anglers for access lost to marine parks.
The NSW Government plans at least one more offshore reef system, probably off a North Coast location, however, the Minister did not rule out further reefs for other areas.
South Coast anglers are currently pushing for a system of artificial reefs to be installed in the Jervis Bay Marine Park. "JB is an ideal area for new reefs as much of the middle of the bay is featureless sandy desert. Installing a system of artificial reefs will see plenty of new habitat created, which can only be a good thing for the environment, " one local angler told Fisho.
"Many fisheries are in trouble."2010-02-16 13:22:52 by krizpy99
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America's fishing communities are also suffering. The collapse of New England's cod fishery in the early 1990s cost an estimated 20,000 jobs. About 72,000 jobs have been lost because of dwindling salmon stocks in the Pacific Northwest alone
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