Recreational fisheries enhancement program
The I&I NSW Recreational Fisheries Enhancement Program began in 2002, with the establishment of the Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) project. In 2005, the Estuarine Artificial Reefs (EARs) project was established, and since 2007, the Department has been working on establishing an Offshore Artificial Reefs (OARs) project. All three projects represent ‘Your Fishing Licence Fee At Work” and aim to provide new highly productive fishing locations where recreational fishers can target a variety of popular pelagic, sport and estuarine fish.
For more information about these Fisheries Enhancement Projects funded by the Recreational Fishing Trust, please contact the Fisheries Enhancement Team (FADs and Artificial Reefs) at I&I NSW (02) 9527 8411 Email: fisheries.FADs@industry.nsw.gov.au.
n I&I NSW FAD under strain from the East Australian Current (image: I&I NSW)
Schooling yellowfin bream in the St Georges Basin pilot artificial reef 15 months after the reef deployment (image: I&I NSW)
An octagonal steel skeletal offshore artificial reef weighing 35 tonnes and standing 13 metres high used in Korea (image: I&I NSW)