Port Adelaide based Maritime Constructions has been awarded $550 000 to build South Australia’s first trial shellfish reef.
Construction of the trial four-hectare shellfish reef will begin in May using a mixture of materials including locally sourced limestone from the Yorke Peninsula and custom made concrete reef structures.
The native shellfish reef will attract marine life and, over time, is expected to improve fish stocks, enhance recreational fishing opportunities, increase water quality and assist with coastal erosion.
The reef – located south of Ardrossan on the Yorke Peninsula – is part of a State Government 2014 funding commitment to improve recreational fishing opportunities across the state.
Quotes Attributable to Minister for Fisheries and Tourism, Leon Bignell
Each year more than 277,000 men, women and children take part in recreational fishing in South Australia – it’s a much-loved pastime, an important tourism drawcard and a vital economic contributor to South Australia’s regions.
It’s fantastic to see the reef project at Rogues Point awarded to a South Australian company - one which specialises in marine infrastructure and employs highly skilled local workers to get the job done.
We are also pleased that the Australian Government awarded an extra $990 000 to The Nature Conservancy in partnership with the Yorke Peninsula Council and State Government to expand the build of the reef by 20 hectares. Once completed this will be the largest shellfish reef restoration project in Australia.
We’ve received a lot of feedback from the Yorke Peninsula community and recreational fishers who are excited by this project and are keen to see it completed.
Quotes attributable to Maritime Construction Chief Executive Officer, Shane Fiedler
We are thrilled to be awarded the contract to build South Australia’s first trial reef on the Yorke Peninsula.
This means a great deal to our company and to the South Australians’ we employ and it’s excellent to see our expertise being used on such a significant state project.
Quotes attributable to The Nature Conservancy Marine Restoration Coordinator, Anita Nedosyko
We are delighted that the construction of the first stage of Australia’s largest living oyster reef is underway.
South Australia once had 1500 km of coastline covered in native oyster reefs and we hope this project is the first of many which will return these diverse reefs and bring back productivity and fish life to the Gulf.
The four-hectare trial reef is expected to open to recreational fishers later in 2017, following some initial restrictions to ensure the reef and native oyster spat settles in.
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 and community stakeholders.
A community meeting will be held on Thursday, 11 May at Ardrossan Town Hall, 9 First Street, Ardrossan at 6.00pm – 7.30pm. All members of the public are welcome to attend.
The reef is one part of a $3.25 million package announced at the 2014 State Election to boost recreational fishing and tourism.