The Windara Reef is the first shellfish restoration reef of its kind in South Australia and will contribute to a healthier marine environment and improved recreational fishing opportunities.
The four-hectare reef site, south of Ardrossan and within the vicinity of Rouges Point, opened to recreational fishers on Monday, 21 August 2017, following a month long closure after construction to allow the reef to stablise and settle.
The reef focuses on habitat restoration, specifically the restoration of native shellfish reefs, which have been lost from the Yorke Peninsula region.
Port Adelaide based Maritime Construction was responsible for the build of the reef using a mixture of 60 custom made concrete structures and 800 tonnes of limestone rock, which will be layered with Pacific Oyster shells covered in juvenile native oysters.
The reef will be expanded to 20 hectares, expected to be completed by the end of 2018.
Through the provision of food and habitat the Windara Reef will help support fish production, increase water quality and assist with coastal erosion.
Windara Reef is one part of a $3.25 million package announced at the 2014 State Election to boost recreational fishing and tourism.
The State Government has partnered with The Nature Conservancy, a not-for-profit conservation organisation and international leaders in shellfish restoration, to deliver the project, along with Yorke Peninsula Council, RecFish SA, University of Adelaide and community stakeholders.
More information is available in the Windara Reef Recreational Fishing Guide ().
Construction of Windara, Yorke Peninsula Shellfish Reef
Out of the Blue TV visits Windara reef
Yorke Peninsula Shellfish Reef News Story - courtesy of Channel 9
Public Notice () - Anchoring restrictions within Yorke Peninsula shellfish reef.
- Temporary fishing closure for Yorke Peninsula shellfish reef - 11 July 2017
- South Australian company awarded $550,000 project for state's first trial native oyster reef - 2 May 2017
- Boost for Yorke Peninsula’s new oyster reef - 7 October 2016
- SA's new artificial reef to be located south of Ardrossan - 28 June 2016
- Community's ideas on new artificial reef welcomed - 20 April 2015
- Community input invited to enhance fisheries habitat - 19 May 2015
RecFish SA, SA's peak recreational fishing body, provides information and resource links on contemporary reef options.
The United Nations Fisheries and Agriculture Organization website provides background information on artificial reefs, including the issues that must be considered during their implementation.
Recfishing Research, a national Subprogram for the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, provides an overview of artificial reefs in Australia.