New Addition to Moreton Bay Artificial Reef

30 October 2014

Queensland’s recreational fishers are set to benefit from a new addition to the Harry Atkinson Reef, when the Newman Government scuttles a decommissioned boat next week.

The Queensland Government has already established six artificial reefs in Moreton Bay Marine Park, at a cost of $2.25 million.

The motor-less, 60 tonne, 26 metre delivery boat, donated by Port of Brisbane has been degreased and steam cleaned by a professional contractor, and has also had additional materials added to provide extra shelter for fish.

It will be scuttled next week and form part of the 34 ha Harry Atkinson Artificial Reef, located 7 km east-south-east of St Helena Island.

“This artificial reef was first established in 1975 when more than 17,000 old car tyres were deployed at the site over a five year period. In 1987, 200 shopping trolleys were also placed at the site and some of this material is still present,” Dr Robinson said.

“The LNP Government is delivering on sustainable recreational fishing by taking pressure off existing natural reefs, creating more reefs in the Bay and helping replenish our fish stocks,”

Dr Robinson said the addition to the artificial reef was good for the marine environment and creates new reef ecosystems to help support the broader marine life in Moreton Bay.

“The LNP is providing a better fishing experience for mum & dad anglers in an environmentally responsible way,” Dr Robinson said.

Minister for National Parks Steve Dickson said “It is wonderful that we’ve been able to recycle this item, to help attract and sustain fish and create more opportunities for recreational fishers and boost fishing-related tourism in the region.”

“There’s hundreds of thousands of recreational fishers across the state and we are excited to give them this new opportunity, and provide an economic boost to the area.”

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