New shellfish reef to boost fishing in bay

New shellfish reef to boost fishing in bay
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The Victorian Government is continuing to create more recreational fishing opportunities in Port Phillip with a $50,000 contribution to a proposed new shellfish reef off Kerferd Road pier in Albert Park.

Minister for Fishing and Boating Sonya Kilkenny said the funding will continue a partnership between the Government and the Albert Park Yachting and Angling Club, which initiated the concept of shellfish reef restoration in Port Phillip Bay. It will complement the $2.5 million already invested into shellfish and rocky reefs as part of the $35m Go Fishing Victoria plan.

The new reef would be deployed about 800 metres off the Kerferd Road pier to cater for the growing numbers of kayak fishers as well as those out on the water in small boats.

The proposed reef will be made up of metal ‘oyster triangles’ containing shells that mussels and oysters can attach to and grow, providing habitat and food for fish as improving water quality and marine biodiversity.

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