Shellfish reefs breathing life into Port Phillip Bay

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Shellfish reefs are being restored with limestone rubble and recycled shell from Victoria’s restaurant industry.

THE Victorian Fisheries Authority says shellfish reefs in Port Phillip Bay are continuing to provide recreational fishing opportunities to Victorian anglers and benefits to the diverse range of aquatic life that call the bay home.

Six shellfish reefs located near Geelong and St Kilda have been restored with limestone rubble and recycled shell from Victoria’s restaurant industry.

Victorian fisheries says, Port Phillip Bay's vibrant snapper, calamari, whiting and flathead fisheries will all benefit from the reefs.

The project, which involved over one million dollars in co-funding by the Victorian government (including recreational fishing licence fees), was delivered by The Nature Conservancy Australia in partnership with the Albert Park Yachting & Angling Club.

The reefs provide nursery habitat expected to boost fish numbers, clean water and enhance biodiversity.

Boaters are reminded to anchor alongside the reefs or drift fish over them to minimise damage.

For more information, and to access GPS coordinates for the reefs, visit: vfa.vic.gov.au/shellfishreefs

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