Creating Fishing hotspots - New South Wales & Victoria
NEW SOUTH WALES
The New South Wales and Victorian Departpment of Primary Industries (DPI) are using Reef Balls to enhance recreational fishing.
Recreational target species found on the reefs include yellowfin bream, silver trevally, samson fish, eastern blue groper, leatherjackets, flathead, snapper, whiting, flathead, yellowtail kingfish, tailor, tarwhine, and amberjack.
The NSW Department of Primary Industries has deployed over 1500 Reef Balls in Lake Macquarie, Botany Bay, St Georges Basin, Merimbula Lake, and Lake Conjola to create 'fishing havens' and enahance recreational fishing.
Comprehensive monitoring is being conducted on these reefs by DPI and the quantity and diversity of fish life inhabiting them has exceeded expections and the program is being expanded.
In November 2008, DPI deployed 420 Reef Balls in Lake Conjola (NSW) and this is the first reef to use 3 different size Reef Balls. Varying the size of units helps increase the diversity of habitat which results in the reef being utilised by a greater variety of fish. Monitoring results only one month after deployment show an impressive number of fish already taking up residence.