A tender for a scoping study to design artificial reefs and fish attraction devices (FADs) has been announced by the Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Ken Vowles. The study is expected to boost the Territory’s recreational fishing experiences and enhance its reputation as a world-class fishing destination.
Mr Vowles said the Territory Labor Government is delivering on its promise to invest $50 million in recreational fishing infrastructure over the next five years.
“Recreational fishing is a key part of the Territory lifestyle and economy – it creates jobs and is a big part of what keeps so many people living in the NT,” Mr Vowles said.
“Developing the Territory’s recreational fishing opportunities will benefit Territorians and visitors while enhancing our reputation as a world-class fishing destination.
“The tender is calling for advice on the design and engineering specifications required to create scientifically developed and managed artificial reef systems and FADs.
“This is a long-term program of building artificial reefs and installing fish attraction devices to help boost recreational fishing opportunities and support the long-term sustainability of key fishery resources.”
The successful consultant will work closely with fisheries scientists and relevant stakeholders to identify appropriate artificial reef designs and engineering specifics to suit coastal reef fish communities of the Northern Territory.
The consultant will also identify and recommend a number of potential deployment sites for artificial reefs and FADs that take into account resource sustainability, public safety, accessibility and environmental suitability.
The tender for the scoping study will close on 25 July 2017.