Hon Troy Buswell BEc MLA

Hon Troy Buswell BEc MLA

Former Treasurer; Minister for Transport

    Fishing licence fees help create artificial reef

    26/09/2013 12:00 AM
    • Minister announces $1.18m from fishing licences to support new fishing projects
    • WA’s third new-generation artificial reef being planned for Mandurah region
    • All funds from recreational fishing licences spent to benefit the sector 

    A new state-of-the-art artificial reef is now on the horizon for recreational fishers in the Mandurah region, as one of the major new projects to be supported in the latest round of the Recreational Fishing Initiatives Fund (RFIF) grants program.


    Fisheries Minister Troy Buswell said the artificial reef project would draw on the benefits and knowledge from the recently installed artificial reefs now in place off the Busselton and Bunbury coasts.


    “This new project will extend the State Government’s current scientific artificial reefs trial under way in the South-West,” Mr Buswell said.


    “This reef will provide quality recreational fishing within easy access of existing boat ramps, and work to increase fish stocks to assist in the sustainable management of Western Australia’s fish resource.”


    The Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club and Port Bouvard Fishing Club have been working with Recfishwest on a proposal for a reef in the Dawesville to Mandurah area and the local fishing community will be directly involved in the project.


    In this year’s RFIF, $430,000 has been allocated to the new artificial reef project.


    Other projects to be funded include:

    • purchasing and deploying 10 purpose-built fish attracting devices for metropolitan waters
    • employing a safety officer at Recfishwest to work on promoting safety for rock fishing, abalone fishing, beach and spear fishing, and boat fishing
    • research on landed and released fish during game fishing tournaments and activities
    • a post-graduate scholarship program to support studies on recreational fishing projects
    • mapping and publicising sites suitable for disabled people to enjoy recreational fishing
    • a study to investigate the health and well-being benefits of recreational fishing 
    • an assessment of cost-effective means for recreational fishers to monitor artificial reefs.

     “These projects show how recreational fishers benefit from the licence fees they pay,” the Minister said. 


          Fact File

    • More details on RFIF grants program available at http://www.recfishwest.org.au
    • Artificial reefs off the Bunbury and Busselton coasts were part-funded through RFIF
    • More information on recreational fishing in WA available at http://www.fish.wa.gov.au

    Minister’s office - 6552 6400