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Nothing Fishy About YP’s Shellfish Reef…

Yorke Peninsula’s shellfish reef will officially open to recreational fishers later next month, after a month long closure to allow the newly built reef time to stabilise and settle.

Fishing within the four-hectare reef site will be closed to all fishing sectors from today – Friday July 14, until Friday August 18.

All fishing and anchoring restrictions apply during the closure period within the GPS co-ordinates listed below:

  • 34˚30′36.22″ South, 137°53′56.91″ East
  • 34˚30′29.74″ South, 137°53′57.15″ East
  • 34˚30′36.42″ South, 137°54′04.75″ East
  • 34˚30′29.94″ South, 137°54′04.99″ East

Once the reef site is open to recreational fishing in late August, anchoring will continue to be prohibited with fishers encouraged to use drift fishing methods within the reef site to protect reef structures initially.

The reef will be layered with Pacific Oyster shells covered in juvenile native oysters to seed the reef later this year.

During this seeding period a short temporary closure will be implemented to allow for the required works to be undertaken in a safe and efficient manner.

PIRSA Director Fisheries and Aquaculture, Sean Sloan said: “We are extremely pleased to see construction of the four hectare Yorke Peninsula shellfish reef completed.

“We appreciate the patience of all fishers while construction was underway and ask that you continue to comply with the closure restrictions while the reef settles.

“South Australia is taking the lead in enhancing our fish stocks and fishing grounds through the restoration of shellfish reef habitat, previously prolific in the Yorke Peninsula region.

“Once complete and seeded with native oysters the reef will become a living shellfish reef and the largest of its kind in Australia.”

Maritime Construction finished building the reef earlier this week, setting the final concrete structures and locally picked limestone in place.

Information about the management arrangements of the shellfish reef, including a geospatial boundary of the site, will be made available on PIRSA’s SA Recreational Fishing App and PIRSA website.