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Fisheries enhancements

Published 15 February 2023 Improve fishing access by fish stocking and artificial reef installation at key places and planning fishing platforms.
content image Lake Macquarie offshore artificial reef being positioned for deployment.


Recreational fishing in NSW is a popular lifestyle enjoyed by more than one million people.

NSW DPI is implementing various programs to improve recreational fishing opportunities and experiences:

  • Artificial reefs help to increase biodiversity in the marine environment. They also provide new habitat for a range of species, including iconic sport fish such as kingfish, mulloway and snapper.
  • Fish stocking increases the number of fish and the chances of catching them at popular fishing spots such as Lake Macquarie and Botany Bay.


Artificial reefs

  • Perkins Beach, Port Kembla
  • Blacksmiths Beach, Lake Macquarie

Fish stocking (statewide)

  • Identify suitable stocking sites
  • Educate and inform coastal communities and key stakeholders
  • Work with NSW hatcheries
  • Refine breeding methods and techniques

Fish stocking (Lake Macquarie)

  • Dusky flathead stocking pilot project site

Local government areas - Statewide

Lead agency

NSW Department of Primary Industries

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