URANGAN PIER: The pier is already an attraction for fishermen and visitors, but one reader has proposed an artificial reef to add to the appeal.
URANGAN PIER: The pier is already an attraction for fishermen and visitors, but one reader has proposed an artificial reef to add to the appeal. Alistair Brightman

LETTER: An artificial reef off the iconic Urangan Pier?

I WOULD like to promote the idea of an artificial reef around the outer end of the Urangan Pier.

Attracting a wide variety of reef fish, this would greatly enhance the land-based fishing experience of both Hervey Bay tourists and locals alike.

Such reef, placed in a U shape around the pier's far end, clear of the jetty itself but within easy casting reach, would create the absolute ultimate in land-based, family friendly fishing experiences.

Corals soon populate and grow on solid structure, and thus visitors without a boat could look forward to actually fishing a coral reef right in the centre of Hervey Bay, no boat required.

Where else could you fish from a jetty surrounded by coral reef?

The main attractiveness of the jetty is fishing, so to enhance this existing asset without need to change it makes real sense.

Using a combination of non-polluting waste products such as surplus concrete from building sites poured into moulds, heavy scrap metal, large used tyres chained together, and other recognised artificial reef building materials, such a reef could be extended over time as materials become available.

Artificial reefs are not a new thing, and as such there is plenty of research available to show their productive abilities, and best practices and materials for construction.

The potential is there for a comparatively low-cost structure, to which local clubs, organisations and businesses may be happy to contribute.

An area at the council tip site could be set aside to accumulate usable materials, and groups with suitable vessels could be approached to aid in placement on a regular basis.

There is probably already a dive club in Hervey Bay which would relish involvement, particularly if an area of the new reef was set aside for dive use.

Do you think this is a good idea? Join the discussion and tell us below.

JOE MACDOUGALL

Forest Lake



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