Robinson to lure more fishermen to Moreton Bay with new reef

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22 January 2015

Moreton Bay Marine Park is set to become an even better place to fish, with the LNP Newman Government committed to increasing artificial reef coverage, should Mark Robinson be re-elected as the local member.

Member for Cleveland Dr Mark Robinson said the Newman LNP Government was focused on creating jobs and opportunities by growing a four-pillar economy, with tourism one of those vital pillars.

“Moreton Bay is renowned as one of the top fishing spots, and additional reef coverage will help to bring in more tourists, and create more jobs and recreational opportunities for locals,” Dr Robinson said.

“If I am re-elected, the LNP is committing to deliver a $300,000 increase to artificial reef coverage in the Moreton Bay Marine Park, to provide more opportunities for recreational fishing,” he said.

National Parks Minister Steve Dickson said the Newman LNP Government had supported recreational fishers through the $50 million Marine Infrastructure Fund.

“The Marine Infrastructure Fund includes $2 million for artificial reefs, which boost fish supply by providing marine life with protection from predators, shelter from ocean currents, breeding opportunities and a rich supply of food,” Mr Dickson said.

“The Queensland Government has already established six artificial reefs in Moreton Bay Marine Park, including the recent scuttling of a former barge, and any addition to this reef network will help improve fishing for locals and visitors.”

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