Earlier this month Fisheries Minister Don Punch announced $1.4 million funding to create a new artificial reef off the Carnarvon coast, providing a new recreational fishing hot spot for the Gascoyne region.
  • Cook Government commits $1.4 million for new artificial reef off Carnarvon
  • The tender process now open for reef fabrication and installation
  • The new reef will become Western Australia’s eighth artificial reef, providing more recreational fishing opportunities across the State

Fisheries Minister Don Punch has announced $1.4 million in funding today to create a new artificial reef off the Carnarvon coast, providing a new recreational fishing hot spot for the Gascoyne region.

The tender to fabricate and install the artificial reef is open until 22 May, and local providers are encouraged to apply.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has worked with Recfishwest, the Carnarvon Chamber of Commerce, and the Shire of Carnarvon on the project. The reef is expected to be in the water by the end of the year.

The reef will be located off the Carnarvon coast, approximately 7 kilometres southwest of Pelican Point and spanning a nine-hectare area.

It will be constructed from purpose-built modules made of steel-reinforced concrete, providing a unique underwater habitat designed to attract commonly targeted fish species, including cobia, mulloway, tailor, and trevally.

Artificial reefs are funded from recreational fishing licence fees, which are invested back into recreational fishing through the Recreational Fishing Initiatives Fund.

The Carnarvon Reef will be the eighth artificial reef to go into the water along the Western Australian coastline.

Other reefs are located off Ocean Reef, Dunsborough, Bunbury, Mandurah, south of Rottnest Island, Esperance and Exmouth Gulf.

“The Cook Government is committed to building infrastructure to support Western Australian recreational fishing because we know it’s a great experience.

“We know creating habitats like artificial reefs are a great way to support recreational fishing by providing new and enhanced fishing opportunities.

“I’m pleased to see the tender process is underway for Carnarvon artificial reef to create a new fishing and diving hotspot for local fishers and visitors to the region.

“Congratulations to Recfishwest, the Carnarvon Chamber of Commerce and the Shire of Carnarvon for your collaboration on this important project for the region.

“Our Government will continue to invest in regional projects like this which provide direct benefits to local businesses, with the potential to create jobs and tourism opportunities in the future.”

Don Punch

Fisheries Minister