Port Adelaide based Maritime Constructions has been awarded $550 000 to build South Australia's first trial shellfish reef.
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.
Construction of the trial four hectare shellfish reef will begin later this month 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, increase water quality and help to minimise erosion.
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.
A public meeting in Ardrossan on Thursday 11 May was well-attended with strong interest in the proposed reef from members of the local community, recreational and commercial fishers.
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, University of Adelaide and RecFish SA.
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