The first artificial reef trials for the South West are a step closer with the completion of the first 30 reef modules.
Fisheries Minister Norman Moore announced the milestone for the $2.38 million project yesterday, with an inspection of the Australind factory where the components were being made.
All 60 modules for the two reefs, one in Dunsborough and the other in Bunbury, are expected to be completed early next month with deployment potentially starting next month or March.â€œWe look forward to the potential the reefs offer and the opportunity this trial will give researchers to monitor and assess them, however, recreational fishers would need to allow time for the reefs to begin hosting significant biodiversity,â€
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