The first of its kind in South Australia and the largest in Australia, Windara Reef is a shellfish restoration reef in Gulf St Vincent. Windara Reef offers great fishing for recreational fishers with fish species including King George Whiting & Snapper.
The reef is named Windara Reef after the Narungga name for the eastern section of Yorke Peninsula, which is one of the 4 clans making up Narungga. It is located 1km off the Rogues Point coast, 7km south of Ardrossan and is at a water depth of 8-10 metres.
The 4-hectare site is the first construction phase of Windara Reef and is made of 60 custom-made concrete structures and over 800 tones of Yorke Peninsula limestone, covered with Pacific Oyster shells & juvenile native oysters.
12 months after Stage I’s construction, a video of the reef can be viewed here.
The Windara Reef was seeded with 28,000 juvenile native oysters in January 2018 which will further assist in restoring Gulf St Vincent’s marine habitat. YP’s Windara Reef is at the forefront of providing new “blue economy” jobs and boosting ecotourism through marine habitat restoration.
Whilst recreational fishers can continue to enjoy the reef, a reminder that commercial fishing, anchoring, spearfishing, taking of bottom dwelling organisms (shellfish including crabs, oysters, sea urchins, seaweed, etc) are not allowed on the reef.
YPC partnered with The Nature Conservancy, SA and Federal Govt, RecFishSA and UofA to build Stage I of the reef in 2017. (Photos by The Nature Conservancy).
Stage II of the reef is scheduled to commence in early July 2018 with a further 16 hectares constructed.