New artificial reef installed in Port Phillip Bay
A NEW artificial reef has now been installed in Port Phillip Bay.
Victorian Minister for Fishing and Boating Melissa Horne said the new reef will create more recreational fishing opportunities, as part of the government’s Go Fishing Victoria plan.
The new reef includes 16 purpose-built modules – which have been deployed north of Observatory Point inside Port Phillip Heads.
Each module is four metres wide at the base and five metres high, in an open pyramid design – and will attract pelagic fish – particularly kingfish.
The reef is in addition to the government’s $2.5 million investment to create more fish habitat in Port Phillip Bay, with rocky reefs installed in Corio Bay and shellfish reefs at several locations in 2021.
The six hectares of revitalised reef has since provided nursery habitat and will boost fish numbers, clean water and enhance marine biodiversity.
Installing these reefs completes the Go Fishing Victoria plan, which has also seen the end of commercial net fishing in the bay.