Biggest off-shore reef to be built in NSW

Greta Stonehouse
(Australian Associated Press)

Sydney anglers will soon have a brand new fishing spot to explore with NSW’s biggest man-made offshore reef to be built at Port Hacking near Cronulla.

A handful of new artificial reefs are planned for NSW with Merimbula the only other location confirmed to date.

Construction of the concrete modules for the Port Hacking reef is underway in Newcastle with up to two modules being built each day.

The finished structure will be transported to Port Hacking and set in place by late July or early August, a spokeswoman for NSW Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair told AAP.

The reef structure will consist of 36 modules in total.

“Each module weighs 25 tonnes and measures about five metres high by four metres wide,” Mr Blair said in a statement on Tuesday.

The NSW government since 2011 has built three artificial reefs in Sydney, Shoalhaven and Port Macquarie.

The non-polluting reefs are designed to last for at least 30 years and are able to withstand a one-in-100 year storm event.

The already-built artificial reefs have so far attracted 50 different species, including yellowtail kingfish and snapper.

“Everywhere I go, fishers ask if they can have one, I can’t wait to see anglers up and down the coast enjoying the benefits these reefs have to offer,” Mr Blair said.


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