The Honourable Natasha Maclaren-Jones MLC has today encouraged local fishers to submit expressions of interest (EOI) for where the NSW Government’s next Offshore Artificial Reef should be deployed.

Mrs Maclaren-Jones described the million-dollar reefs as an underwater oasis which create unique habitats for fish and aquatic organisms to call home.

“I welcome the NSW Government opening public EOIs for the location of its next reef and I encourage all local fishers to fill out the survey and name their preferred spot.

“These reefs are truly remarkable. They create a stunning underwater oasis for fish and other marine life to call home and flourish in.

“Schools of sportfish swarm and dart around these reefs, giving keen anglers a great place to drop a bait and greatly enhancing local fishing and tourism opportunities.

The survey is available through https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NSWArtificialReefs and the NSW Department Primary Industries (DPI) website.

Mrs Maclaren-Jones encouraged fishos to complete the survey to nominate a location before 17 June.

“We know NSW has some of the best spots along our beautiful coastline to wet a line so I look forward to putting them on the map,” Mrs Maclaren-Jones said.

“The environmental benefits of these Reefs have been scientifically studied and shown to be up to four times greater compared with natural temperate reefs, so this would be a great draw card for our community.”

The new reefs will add to those already installed off Sydney, South Sydney, the Shoalhaven, Port Macquarie, Merimbula, Newcastle, Wollongong and Tweed Heads.

For more information on Offshore Artificial Reefs in NSW, visit the NSW DPI website.

NSW DPI conducts a rigorous evaluation of the proposed reef locations through a comprehensive environmental assessment. These assessments include ecological, biological and socio‐economic impacts.