Recreational fisheries enhancements
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.
February 2020 - 6,500 juvenile kingfish were released into Botany Bay and 2,600 more into Lake Macquarie.
December 2019 - 1,200 juvenile dusky flathead were released into Lake Macquarie for the first time. The fish were about 15cm in length and 20 grams in weight.
September 2019 – Wollongong’s first artificial reef was placed offshore from Perkins Beach, Port Kembla.
August 2019 – Newcastle’s first offshore artificial reef placed offshore from Blacksmith’s Beach.
- 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
NSW Department of Primary Industries
Page last updated/reviewed: 12 May 2020