Recreational Fishing Reefs

One of the reefballs at Yakka Reef showing growth after 4 months on the seabed

Ocean leatherjacket (foreground) and pinky snapper (background) enjoy Yakka reef

The Victorian Fisheries Authority has a long history of delivering recreational fishing reefs and habitat enhancement projects through Victoria’s marine and freshwater environments. These projects support and promote fish aggregations and provide additional fish habitat in areas where natural habitat is limited.

Recreational fishing is a favourite pastime amongst Victorians. The Victorian Government recognises the social and economic benefits of fishing and is committed to further improving angling opportunities by enhancing fish habitat through the deployment of recreational fishing reefs for anglers of all abilities, whether they be boat or land based.

Through its Target One Million - Phase two program the government has committed $2.5m into improving reef habitat in Port Phillip Bay. We’re also opening up the recently constructed shellfish reefs that were built in partnership with the Nature Conservancy.

Victoria's bays, inlets and coastal waters provide anglers with access to popular species such as snapper, King George whiting, flathead, bream, calamari and Australian salmon.

Six reefs have been deployed in Victoria's marine environments, with more to come in the future. Here's where you can find them:

The deployment and management of reefs to improve fishing is in accordance with:

  • the principles of Ecologically Sustainable Development
  • the principles of effective stakeholder consultation
  • consideration of other marine users and values, including:
    1. protecting important fishing grounds for commercial fishing
    2. boating and shipping navigation
    3. aquaculture reserves
    4. sites of heritage significance
    5. natural habitat features
    6. marine parks and sanctuaries. and
    7. public safety.